How to Collect and Submit a Water Sample
Please note: For special requests, call toll free 1-866-450-0000. Information on required action if water is not suitable for drinking can be obtained from your regional public health inspector.
Sample collection and submission: Please collect your samples in containers provided by the lab and submit to the lab by following established procedures. Samples submitted not following the procedures may compromise testing results, and we reserve the right to reject the sample for testing.
Sample storage: We store all samples in the lab during the testing processes. Samples will be disposed after the test is completed unless you make an alternative arrangement with us beforehand.
Sample contamination: When a sample leaks, it is regarded as contaminated. We reserve the right to reject the sample for testing. Sample containers:
Liability: We take great care when handling and testing your water samples. If, after receipt at the lab, your sample is damaged or contaminated, we will retest your sample at no cost.
Drinking Water Sample Collection Instructions for Bacteria Analysis:
Drinking Water Sample Shipping Instructions for Bacteria Analysis:
To request sample bottles - FAX (306) 798-0071
Please note: Since bacteria are living organisms, it is critical that we receive your water sample with these organisms alive. To obtain an accurate result, samples for total coliform and E.coli testing need to be processed within 48 hours of sample collection and the samples should be kept cool (but not frozen) during transportation. Therefore, we ask you to submit your water to us in a cooler with icepacks immediately after collection.
We understand that it is not always easy (in some cases impossible) to recollect samples. Therefore, we ask that you follow the sample collection and shipping instructions to ensure mistakes do not occur during the process. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Lab at 1-866-450-0000.
Sample Collection and Submission for Chemical Analysis
Containers: Containers for water testing at the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory are distributed throughout the province at R.M. offices, public health offices, and can also be obtained directly from the Laboratory (please fax your request to 306-798-0071). The 250 mL bacteriological bottles are sterilized and should only be used for bacteriological testing. Water samples for all chemical analysis should be submitted in appropriate clean plastic containers:
Sample Collection: Test results are dependent on the sample submitted. Therefore, it is extremely important to collect a representative water sample. A sample collected at a particular time and place may only represent the composition of the source at that time and place. When a water source is known to vary with time, samples collected at time intervals and analysed separately can document the extent, frequency and duration of these variations. When the water source composition varies in space, collect samples from appropriate locations. You can also submit a composite sample for water testing. A composite sample is a combination of samples collected either at different times or from different locations, or both. When collecting a water chemistry sample, completely fill the sample container. Avoid use of metal-lined caps.
Please print your name and sample location on sample bottle.
Sample-Holding Times: Sample-holding time is the time period from sample collection to sample analysis, during which the testing results will not change. Testing results of some parameters are more time sensitive than others. Samples should always be tested within the sample holding time. Therefore, for best testing results, it is recommended that the sample be submitted to the lab in a cooler immediately after collection.
*Note: BOD samples must be collected and received during weekdays Monday to Friday.
To request water sampling supplies.