Water Testing
Pathology & Laboratory Services

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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.

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Available tests and associated fees

Bacterial Analysis

Total Coliform & E.coli (P/A = Presence/Absence)
$ 30.00

Total Coliform & E.coli (MPN = Most Probable Number)
$ 40.00

Chemical Analysis

Package #1        
Arsenic, Uranium                                                                    

Package #2        
Arsenic, Uranium, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite, Fluoride

Package #3        
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

Package #4        
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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