Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health (EPH) will only test water samples that come from a water supply that people use for drinking, like your well water.
EPH won’t test water samples for reasons that have to do with:
You need to send these types of water samples to a commercial lab and pay for the testing.
EPH will also not test water from town or city (municipal) water sources. Towns and cities (municipalities) test their water regularly for safety. Find water quality reports for your town or city from Alberta Environment and Parks. You may also contact your municipal office for drinking water test results.
There are 2 types of tests for your drinking water supply:
You should test your water for bacteria 2 times each year.
You should test your water for chemicals and trace metals every 3 years.
Contact a public health inspector if you would like to test your water more often.
If you think your drinking water is not safe, do not use it until testing shows that your water is safe. Use bottled water instead.
Contact Alberta Health Services
Environmental Public Health for more information.
Water sample bottles are available at many Alberta Health Services facilities. Contact Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health to find out where to pick up and drop off water sample bottles.
The sample bottle comes with instructions for how to take a water sample.
Follow these instructions carefully. You also need to fill out a requisition form correctly and include it with your water sample.
Following the instructions will help you fill out the requisition form correctly and make sure that your water sample is not contaminated. Contamination means that other germs get into your water sample, which could change your test results.
You must get your water sample:
Follow the instructions that come with your samlpe bottle.
When testing for bacteria, the sample needs to be as fresh as possible. Collect the water sample, put it in a cooler filled with ice packs, and take it to the drop-off location
right away. This is important because if your water sample is more than 24 hours old, EPH will not test it.
Before collecting your sample, find out what day and time you can return your sample to your water sample bottle drop off location.
Alberta Health Services will mail the results to the address you give on the requisition form. If the results show that your water might not be safe, a public health inspector will call you. Make sure the daytime phone number you put on the requisition form is the best number to reach you.
The requisition form asks for your well ID and well depth. There are a few ways to get this information:
Current as of: November 19, 2021
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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