You can’t tell whether well water is safe to drink by looking at it, smelling it or tasting it. You need to have it tested.
Nova Scotia Environment recommends that Nova Scotians on well water have it tested for bacteria every six months, and every two years for chemical parameters.
Location, hours and contact information
To find the water testing location closest to you view our map
Available tests and associated fees
Total Coliform & E.coli (P/A = Presence/Absence)
Total Coliform & E.coli (MPN = Most Probable Number)
Arsenic, Uranium, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite, Fluoride
Calcium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Boron, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Nickel, Lead, Antimony, Selenium, Tin, Vanadium, Zinc, Arsenic, Uranium, Titanium, Molybdenum, Strontium, Silver, Thallium, Sodium, Potassium, Nitrate/Nitrite, Fluoride
All parameters in Package #3 plus Chloride, Sulfate
For more information on chemical analysis, please contact the Environmental Laboratory at 902-473-8466.
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