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Water Quality and Testing
Getting Water Tested
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Drinking Water Quality Analysis
How to Collect and Submit a Water Sample
Testing Scope and Service Charges
Safe drinking water is important to all Saskatchewan residents. The Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory has been testing water quality in the province since 1905. The laboratory performs a wide range of bacteriological and chemical tests on drinking water supplies, such as drinking water, surface water, groundwater, and sewage water.
Water testing is available to:
Submit samples to:
Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory5 Research DriveRegina SK S4S 0A4
If you have specific questions regarding water testing, please call (306) 787-7138.
Every effort is made to ensure your information and data remain confidential. No personal information will be released to others without your consent. However, the lab retains the right to release personal information and test results to the Saskatchewan Health Authority in order that appropriate actions are taken when test results indicate that to consume this water may harm your health.
Is Your Drinking Water Safe? Is your water safe? Get it tested.
To have your drinking water tested for total coliform bacteria and nitrate, you must use a special, sterilized container. The Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory distributes sample bottles to RM offices and public health offices throughout the province. If you wish to have your water tested for other parameters, visit the SaskH2O website. To ensure your testing results are correct and to prevent sample contamination, it is important to follow proper procedures for collection of water samples. Detailed sampling procedures are printed on the back of requisition forms. Read the instructions before sample collection.
To ensure accurate test results, it is important to follow instructions for submitting water samples. Detailed sample submission instructions are printed on the back of requisition forms. Read the instructions before sample submission.
Please note: Samples must be submitted in insulated coolers with ice packs to ensure samples are cool but not frozen during overnight transportation. When a sample is dropped off at the lab within six hours of collection, a cooler is not required. Cooler and coolants are returned to submitter as soon as possible, and the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory is responsible for the cost of returning. Use a "flip-top" style label with the laboratory address on one side and the submitted address on the other side. The Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory does NOT supply coolers. However, the lab does pay for costs of returning coolers.
Scientific studies have shown that the numbers of bacteria in water decrease with the passage of time, especially when the sample temperature is high. Testing your water within 48 hours will greatly reduce the chance of false results.
Private water supplies should be tested annually for total coliform bacteria and nitrate. There are many other tests that may be required depending on the type and location of the water source. For example, dugouts and shallow wells on farms are susceptible to contamination by pesticides. Some groundwater sources contain elevated levels of arsenic.
The cost varies depending upon the type and number of tests being performed. Service charges for testing may be found at Testing Scope and Service Charges. Payment may be made by credit card or cheque/money order payable to the Minister of Finance.