Basic Water Packages
W1 Potability (requires 1L)
pH, EC, TDS, Cl, F, Ca, K, Mg, Na, Fe, NO3N, SO4S, Total Alkalinity, Total Hardness
W2 Complete (requires 1L)
All of W1 plus: TSS, P, Cu, Mn, Zn, Carbonates, Bicarbonates
W3 Livestock (requires 500mL)
pH, EC, TDS, Cl, F, Ca, Mg, Na, Cu, Fe, NO3N, SO4S, Total Carbonates, Total Alkalinity, Total Hardness
W4 Irrigation (requires 500mL)
pH, EC, TDS, Ca, Mg, Na, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, SAR, Total Carbonates, Total Alkalinity, Total Hardness
W5 Spray Water (requires 500mL)
pH, EC, TDS, Ca, Mg, Fe, Bicarbonates, Carbonates, Total Alkalinity, Total Hardness
WI Individual Tests
Add to one of the above packages $20
WMB Microbiology (special container required)
E-Coli and Total Coliforms
*WMB needs a specific bottle with a preservative, you can pick this up from Down to Earth Labs.
**WMB samples need to be dropped off between the hours of 8AM and 3PM. Samples dropped off on Fridays will be charged an additional $25 Saturday delivery fee.
5 Business Days
50% Rush (additional 50% surcharge):
3 Business Days
100% Rush (additional 100% surcharge):
2 Business Days
Regular WMB (E. coli and Coliforms):
5 Business Days
50% Rush WMB (additional 50% surcharge):
100% Rush WMB (additional 100% surcharge):
2-3 Business Days
Terms & Definitions
The measure of water's ability to neutralize acids. The alkaline compounds eliminate hydrogen ions which raises the pH of the water.
Total Dissolved Solids. Inorganic salts that are dissolved in water.
Total Suspended Solids. The Solids in water that can be trapped by a filter.
Caused primarily by calcium and magnesium. Can cause excessive soap consumption and scaling of appliances.
Sodium Absorption Ratio.
What to Test:If you are processing or packaging food then the WMB package is commonly requested. If you are buying or selling a home, both the W1 and WMB are commonly tested.
Collection Methods:Ask the lab prior to sample collection to ensure you have the right bottles and preservatives. Some tests require special handling during collection and transport of water. The volume required for each test is listed next to the test name on the Packages tab, but in general, 1L of water is sufficient for all chemical analyses (W1-W5 packages).
Sample Submission Instructions:Please make sure you include a completed submission form with samples being dropped off or sent in. The form is available on the Files & Online Submissions tab at the top of this page where you can either download and print off the form or submit it online. Samples submitted without completed and signed submission forms will be placed on hold until all appropriate information has been received. Use a meaningful identification for the sample. Labeling the samples as 1,2,3 today may not make sense a month later.
Interpreting Results:For interpreting your results, you can use this link to the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Rural Water Quality Information Tool. Simply click on the "Accept the Disclaimer, Use the Tool" button and then input your results from the report we send you to receive a detailed description of why or why not your water is safe to drink at the concentrations of the analytes reported.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's Rural Water Quality Information Tool: https://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app84/rwqit