Sample Collection

The Environmental Services Laboratory is a testing facility only. It is up to individual clients to determine what testing they require. You may contact the Nova Scotia Environment for guidance.

  • Payment in full is required before results will be released.
  • Payment will only be accepted at the Laboratory - No Cash
  • Payment Options - Debit Card - Master Card - Visa - American Express - Check payable to Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • For a complete list of sample drop off locations and hours of operation see: 10 Steps to Water Testing

Instructions for Collecting Water Samples for Bacteriological Analysis:

Container (White Capped Bottle Only)

Note: If emailed report is requested the laboratory will not be providing a hard copy (paper) report

  • Label the bottle with your name and address and the water source.

Collection

  • Remove screen from tap and sterilize faucet with alcohol or diluted household bleach.
  • Be careful not to touch the inside of the bottle or cap, or lay it down. Hold the cap in your hand while the bottle is being filled.
  • Collect the sample directly into the sterile bottle. Do not use a dipper or pail.
  • If the sample is to be taken from a tap or pump, allow the water to run for five minutes before collecting the sample.
  • If the sample is to be taken from a well or spring without a pump, tie a wire around the neck of the bottle and lower it beneath the surface.
  • The ‘fill line’ on the bottle indicates the minimum volume required for testing

Instructions for Collecting Water Samples for Chemical Analysis:

Container (Black Capped Bottle)

Note: If emailed report is requested the laboratory will not be providing a hard copy (paper) report

  • Label the bottle with your name and address and the water source.

Collection

  • If the sample is to be taken from a tap or pump, allow the water to run for five minutes before collecting the sample.
  • If the sample is to be taken from a well or spring without a pump, tie a wire around the neck of the bottle and lower it beneath the surface.
  • The Registered Water Supply package requires a 500mL sample

Delivery:

  • Deliver the sample directly to the Mackenzie Building, 5788 University Avenue, Room 521 as soon as possible and no longer than 24 hours after collection.
  • If dropping sample off at another location the sample must be  fresh (same day), or a maximum 12 hours after collection.
  • Keep the sample refrigerated prior to delivery.

Laboratory hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (Closed Weekends and Holidays).

To ensure same day processing of samples for bacteriological testing, samples must be received by the water testing laboratory Room 521 Mackenzie Building by 3:00pm. Samples for bacteriological testing delivered after 3:00pm on Friday will not be processed.

For advice on selecting tests, interpretation of results or well disinfection protocols please contact Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) - Bedford Office 902-424-7773, or your regional NSE office: nova scotia.ca/nse/water