Laboratory Testing of Well Water

Put your well water to the test! Free testing is available through the Health Unit. It’s a great way to ensure your water is safe to drink.

Attention! The Public Health Ontario Laboratory is currently experiencing an issue with its well water test results portal and eight-digit bar codes. If your water result has come back as ‘No Data,’ please call the lab directly to obtain your results. Contact: 416-235-6556 or toll-free: 1-877-604-4567.

Service Changes During COVID-19

During the pandemic, the Health Unit is still accepting well water samples for testing at its offices in Port Hope, Lindsay and Haliburton. However, the process is a bit different at this time.

Picking Up Testing Kits:

Testing kit/bottles are available as follows:

  • Port Hope – located outside main doors in black and red bin
  • Lindsay: – located inside first set of doors in vestibule
  • Haliburton – located in the black and red bin situated outside the main door (on 3rd floor of the Dawson Gray building)

Dropping Off Water Samples

You can drop off your well water sample at each Health Unit office. Drop boxes are available in Lindsay and Port Hope. In Haliburton, leave samples in the cooler set outside the main doors. At this time, you will not be allowed to enter the Health Unit office. If possible, ensure your water sample is taken the same day you drop it off.

Drop off your water sample at the following times: from 8:30-4:30 Monday to Thursday:

  • Port Hope – Monday to Thursdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; only until 10:30 am on Fridays
  • Lindsay – Monday to Thursdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; only until 11:45 am on Fridays
  • Haliburton –Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, no samples accepted on Fridays

For further information about well-water testing, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or email info@hkpr.on.ca

Picture of well water testing kit, including bottle and form to fill out
Additional Water Sample Testing Drop-off/Pick-Up Points
  • Minden Library (176 Bobcaygeon Rd) – As of September 8, well water test samples can be dropped off in front of the library on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.

Well Water

How Well is Your Well?

Ground water is usually clean and safe for consumption. Because the overlying soil acts as a filter, groundwater is usually free of disease-causing organisms. However, contamination can occur as a result of improper installation of well casings or caps, after a break in the casing or as a result of contaminated surface run-off water entering the well.

Contamination can also occur in wells which are drilled in fractured bedrock without an adequate layer of protective soil or do not have the recommended minimum casing length. Proper location, construction and maintenance of your well is important.

To learn more about drinking water safety, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006 and speak with the Public Health Inspector.

Testing Your Well Water

If you get your water supply from a private well, you need to test the water to be sure it is safe.

Drinking water that has harmful bacteria in it can make you sick. These bacteria can cause you to have stomach cramps, nausea and/or diarrhea, as well as other medical problems. The only way to make sure that your water supply is safe to drink is by regular testing.

Testing for bacteria is done free of charge. Sample bottles can be obtained at any Health Unit office or designated location (link to locations). Follow the sampling procedure and then return the bottles to the Health Unit. Samples will be sent the provincial lab for testing and the results sent back to you through the mail.

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