young boy holding glass of water

This Version Posted: June 28, 2022

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the Canada Day holiday (July 1), Health Unit offices and the provincial lab will be closed. This means drop-off times for well water samples change as well. To be accepted for testing, samples must be dropped off by 4:30 pm on Tuesday (June 28) in Haliburton, 10:30 am on Wednesday (June 29) in Port Hope, and 11:45 am on Wednesday (June 29) in Lindsay. No water samples will be accepted for testing on Thursday (June 30). Health Unit offices reopen on Monday, July 4, when regular drop-off times resume again.

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Health Unit Offices – Drop Offs/Pick Ups

Picking Up Testing Kits:

Testing kit/bottles are available as follows at these Health Unit locations:

  • Port Hope Office (200 Rose Glen Rd.) – located outside main doors in black and red bin
  • Lindsay Office (108 Angeline St. S.): – located inside first set of doors in vestibule
  • Haliburton Office (191 Highland St., Unit 301) – located in the black and red bin situated outside the main door (on 3rd floor of the Dawson Gray building)
Dropping Off Well 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. Drop off your water sample at the following times:

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

Water samples will be sent to the Public Health Ontario lab in Peterborough (99 Hospital Drive) for testing. Results can be picked up in-person at this location (hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Well owners can also request to have a copy of their drinking water test results sent directly to them. To do this:

  • Email customerservicecentre@oahpp.ca to have results sent electronically to you. Include the collection date, barcode of the sample, timeframe of results you are looking for and the location of the water source. Ensure you include your street address or lot/concession number, township/municipality, county and postal code.

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 Well Water Testing Locations

  • Brighton Public Library (35 Alice St.)
    • Drop off water samples Mondays to Thursdays (10 am to 4 pm)
    • No samples collected on Friday
  • Campbellford: Guardian Rx Drug Market (16 Grand Rd.)
    • Drop off water samples Monday to Thursday (8 am to 9 pm)
    • Water testing bottles can be picked up during regular pharmacy hours: Monday to Saturday (8 am to 9 pm) and Sunday (8 am to 6 pm)
  • Coboconk: Municipal Service Centre (9 Grandy Rd)
    • Drop off water samples on Tuesdays (2:30-4:30 pm) and Wednesdays (8:30-10:30 am)
    • Cooler and testing bottles located outside door
  • Minden: Library (176 Bobcaygeon Rd)
    • Well water test samples can be dropped off on Tuesdays (10 am to 5 pm) and Thursdays (Noon to 7 pm).
  • Wilberforce: Highlands East Municipal Office (2249 Loop Rd.)
    • Drop off water samples on Wednesdays (9 am to Noon)
    • Cooler and testing bottles located outside door

The following locations only offer well-water testing kits for pick up (no dropping off of samples available):

  • Lindsay: Municipal Service Centre (180 Kent St. W.)
    • Pick up well-water testing kits from Monday to Friday (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
    • No drop offs available at this location
  • Fenelon Falls Library (21 Market St.)
    • Pick up well-water testing kits from Monday to Saturday (10 am to 3 pm)
    • No drop offs available at this location

How to Take a Well Water Sample

Watch this Health Unit video that takes you through the steps to taking a more accurate well water sample.