Sample Collection

The Capital Health 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 Department of 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 Capital District Health Authority

Instructions for Collecting Water Samples for Bacteriological Analysis:

Container (White Capped Bottle Only)

  • You must use the sterile bottle (containing a preservative), provided by the laboratory.
  • Make sure the requisition is properly completed. Results will not be released if the mailing address is incomplete.
  • 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. Please do not switch caps on bottles!
  • If the sample is to be taken from a tap or pump, allow the water to run for two or three 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.

Instructions for Collecting Water Samples for Chemical Analysis:

Container (Black Capped Bottle)

  • You must use the bottle labelled for Chemical Analysis "Only"
  • Make sure the requisition is properly completed. Results will not be released if the mailing address is incomplete.
  • 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.
  • You must collect water to the fill line on bottle. 

Delivery:

  • Deliver the sample to the D. J. Mackenzie Building, 5788 University Avenue, Room 521 or Room 526 as soon as possible and no longer than 30 hours after collection.
  • Keep the sample refrigerated prior to delivery - samples deteriorate with time.

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, these samples must be delivered to Room 521 or Room 526 Mackenzie Building by 3:00pm. Samples for bacteriological testing delivered after 3:00pm on Friday will not be processed.

For further information contact your local Department of Environment Office - Bedford Office (902) 424-7773.