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Chilliwack, Agassiz, Bridal Falls, Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, Chilliwack Mountain, Cultus Lake, Fairfield Island, Greendale, Kent, Little Mountain, Popkum, Promontory Heights, Rosedale, Ryder Lake, Yarrow, Sardis, Vedder Crossing and Hope

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Chilliwack Water Testing Labs provides full-service water testing services for Chilliwack, Agassiz, Bridal Falls, Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, Chilliwack Mountain,  Cultus Lake, Fairfield Island, Greendale, Kent, Little Mountain, Popkum, Promontory Heights, Rosedale, Ryder Lake, Yarrow, Sardis, Vedder Crossing & Hope.

Chilliwack Water Testing Labs has a simple mission, it’s to help people drink safe water.  By improving your drinking water, you improve long-term health.

The type of pollutants you might find in your water will depend on several factors including, but not limited to…

Is your Chilliwack property located near an industrial site such as manufacturing plants, sewage treatment plants, mining operations, gas and oil production facilities or farms?  Do you have a septic system on the property?  Is the water for Chilliwack property obtained from a water well?

Storm runoff, leaky septic systems, damaged water wells, the disposing of unused medications or recreational drugs by flushing them down the toilet, these and others are a few ways that your water can become contaminated.  The type and age of the pipes and plumbing fixtures in your home may be also be a concern.

Why Should I Test My Water in Chilliwack?

Sometimes you can smell or taste contaminants in your drinking water, but you can’t always know through the smell or taste of your water which contaminants may be a concern. Also, many contaminants in water such as lead and arsenic among many others do not have a noticeable smell or taste, more than likely you will not know what contaminates may be present without water testing.

Common pollutants that make their way into our drinking water from water wells or other water systems could include:

Lead in Drinking Water – From your home’s pipes and plumbing fixtures

Arsenic – Naturally occurring from rocks and soil containing arsenic, volcanic activity, and forest fires; in addition to human activities such as manufacturing, mining, poor disposal practices of paints, etc.

Farming Chemicals – fertilizers/nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Pathogens – viruses, bacteria, and parasites in a water supply that hasn’t been properly treated.  There are many private water wells serving thousands of Chilliwack properties, many of these wells have never been tested for potential disease-causing pathogens.

Cleaners – Ammonia, chlorine, and by-products of the local water chlorination process

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What is the Chilliwack Essential Drinking Water Package?

The Essential Water Testing Package is the most popular water testing kit in Chilliwack, once you purchase the water test kit online we will send out all the necessary supplies with complete instructions to sample your water. Tests for metals, bacteria, anions, and many other factors that would affect the colour, taste, and smell of the water you drink.

Who Can Use the Chilliwack Essential Water Testing Package?

This basic package is perfect for homeowners, the Essential Water Testing Package meets the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines to ensures your drinking water is safe. Our Essential Water Testing Package includes the following parameters listed below:

The Essential Water Testing Package Meets a Broad Range of Applications:

Private Water Wells – Perfect for properties served by a private or shared well, have a septic system nearby the well or other land uses source of potential contamination.  Are you concerned about runoff from agricultural activity that may be entering your well water? 

Do you have young children or other vulnerable people drinking water in your home?  This home water test is perfect for most home water sources. It covers the metals associated with pipe corrosion and tests for many other common problems associated with water quality… yes, it also includes testing drinking water for lead in Chilliwack!

Safety is important to all of us. Our Essential Drinking Water Test kit covers the most common water quality issues that could be affecting your water whether for your business, real estate in Chilliwack, new drilled water wells in Chilliwack and other applications.

Essential Water Testing

Chilliwack Water Testing Services Serving 

Chilliwack, Agassiz, Bridal Falls, Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, Chilliwack Mountain, Cultus Lake, Fairfield Island, Greendale, Kent, Little Mountain, Popkum, Promontory Heights, Rosedale, Ryder Lake, Yarrow, Sardis, Vedder Crossing and Hope

Essential Water Testing Package Includes the Following Parameters:

Pathogens

Total Coliforms, E.coli, Heterotrophic Plate Count (SP) – Exists naturally in soil, water, and vegetation. Nearby septic systems, sewage discharges, and domestic or wild animal life can promote coliform growth.

Coliform Bacteria

Most coliform bacteria will not likely cause any illness. However, these bacteria are used as indicators in water tests because their presence determine if disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could also be in the water.

Escherichia coli (E. coli)

E. coli originates in the intestinal tracts of animals. The presence of E. coli in your well water may mean fecal matter has entered the well. Fecal organisms cause stomach and intestinal illnesses, including diarrhea and nausea, and may even lead to death. Babies, children, elderly or people with immune deficiencies or other illnesses may be affected more severely. 

E. coli in your drinking water is an immediate health concern and the water is not safe to drink. For more information, see the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s fact sheet on Total, Fecal & E. coli Bacteria in Groundwater 

E. coli is considered the type of coliform that is the best indicator of fecal contamination with the possibility to carry pathogens. The total coliform bacteria test is a primary indicator of “potability”, or suitability for consumption, of drinking water.

Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC) 

The Heterotrophic Plate Count test measures colony formation on culture media of heterotrophic bacteria in drinking water. The Heterotrophic Plate Count can be used to measure the overall bacteriological quality of drinking water in public, semi-public and private water systems. High levels of HPC bacteria in a distribution or plumbing system result from bacteria regrowth where bacteria that resisted treatment can grow.

Anions

These compounds include Chloride, Fluoride, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Sulfate. Each of these compounds has different symptoms and effects to our body. If enough organic and inorganic salts enter the water system, they make the water toxic and poisonous to drink. Provides the Cation-Anion Balance.

Total Metals & Minerals

This includes: Aluminum (Al), Arsenic (As), Barium (Ba), Boron (B), Cadmium (Cd), Calcium (Ca), Cr – Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), Phosphorus (P), Sodium (Na), Lead (Pb), Antimony (Sb), Selenium (Se), Strontium (Sr), Uranium (U), Vanadium (V), Zinc (Zn)

Oxide of Silicon

Silica

General Characteristics of Water

Includes Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Color, Conductivity, Total Hardness, pH, Total Dissolvable Solids TDS, Temperature, Tannins & Turbidity.

First order the Essential Drinking Water Test Kit online, we will express mail water test kit to you.  Testing kit package will include the sterilized water sampling bottles, water testing instructions, sample information card, as well as a chain of COC – Chain of Custody Form and a return shipping cooler with small ice pack.

Once you have purchased the package you will also have full access to our local water testing videos online and other Chilliwack FAQ Water Testing Videos.

The Chain of Custody form is a required water testing lab procedure containing necessary information for processing the water sample.

Once you have taken your water samples and completed your Chain of Custody form, the water samples will need to be sent to the laboratory quickly. The quickest way to send you water samples to us is through the post office or one of our local courier services.

Your microbiology water sample in the Essential Water Testing Kit has a limited water sample holding time of 24-hours, do not prepare your water samples unless you are ready to ship them quickly.

Once we have received the we have received your shipping cooler with water samples, our turn-around-time will be based on when we receive the samples.  Once the water samples are in the lab, water testing and reporting of the results are typically completed within 8 business days.

The Drinking Water Analysis Report

The Drinking Water Analysis Report is an explanation of the tested water sample results of the terms often appearing on drinking water analysis reports are shown in the fact sheet for Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality included with the Drinking Water Analysis Report. 

1) Please read water sampling instructions completely before proceeding with filling the sample bottles provided in the water test kit.

2) Complete each bottle label and the water testing chain-of custody form completely. The water testing laboratory reserves the right to refuse water samples with incomplete chain-of custody forms. Contact laboratory personnel with any questions regarding the chain-of custody forms.

For Regulated Facilities, when sampling water from a Chlorinated Distribution System please include your Residual Chlorine (Free & Total Chlorine) results in the area provided on the chain-of custody form.

3) Choose a water sampling location that accurately represents the quality of the water being sampled such as a kitchen faucet. For registered water system samples, sample at the registered locations. When sampling distribution/plumbing system taps, it’s not advisable to sample from an unprotected outside hose-bib or garden hose.

It is recommend that sample be taken from a point-of-consumption such as the kitchen sink faucet or bathroom sink faucet. Do not sample your water from a non-consumption point unless absolutely necessary without any other option.

4) Always remove any aerators, hose attachments, filters and strainers from faucets as they can be a point of contamination. Also remove the screen at the end of the tap, when possible.

5) Sterilize the open end of the water faucet with an alcohol swab; disinfecting wipes e.g. Chlorox; or bleach.  If you disinfect with a match or flame, ensure that there are no plastic or rubber parts on the end of the tap.  Once you have sterilized the end of the tap, do not touch it with your fingers or wipe it with un-sterilized cloths such as a dishcloth.  It’s easy to recontaminate the faucet possibly causing your water sample to be contaminated.

6) Turn on the COLD water side of the faucet and flush the waterline long enough to ensure fresh water is in the line, we suggest this will generally require 5 to 10 minutes of running the water.

7) DO NOT PRE-RINSE THE BOTTLE. Carefully remove the cap from the water sample bottle without touching the mouth of the bottle.  Carefully hold the sample bottle near the base of the bottle and fill to the shoulder (water fill line) leaving approximately one inch of head-space.

It’s important to not touch the inside of the cap or the lip of the bottle – the inside of the cap should not come in contact with anything other than the atmosphere and the sample. Also try to avoid any back splash from sink. Tightly replace the cap on your water sample bottle. 

8) Keep the sample cold (between 2 and 10 degree C – never freeze a water sample). If samples are being stored in a refrigerator prior to shipping the samples to the local water testing laboratory then it’s always a good idea to place the water samples in a clean plastic zip-lock bag to keep the samples safe and clean,  once the sample a ready for shipping they should be placed in the small coller that is provided with pre-frozen ice-pack to maintain temperature during transit.

9) Transport samples to the lab in a rigid walled sealed box or cooler. Transport to the lab within 24 hours
(ideally the same day). Samples expire 48 hours after sample collection time

A: If you own a private well in the Fraser Valley, it’s important to have your well water tested to determine if your water is safe to drink. Just because your neighbor’s water well has been tested and found to be safe this is not an indication that your water is also safe, all Fraser Valley water wells should be tested at least once a year and some more often.

Remember, the safety of your well water depends on surface and underground geology, the depth and construction of the well. Even deep drilled wells can be susceptible to contamination if surface water enters the well from the top of the well or from surface fractures in the rock or a leaking and even damaged casing.

It’s important to note that a water test report will only tell you about the quality of your water on the day that you draw the sample. Well water quality can also be seasonal. Heavy rain, melting snow, drought, floods or other events such as seasonal land-use may cause contamination. Water wells need to be tested on a regular basis, maintain a file for the water test reports for future reference.

Local Water Testing Laboratories Near You

Chilliwack, Agassiz, Bridal Falls, Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, Chilliwack Mountain, Cultus Lake, Fairfield Island, Greendale, Kent, Little Mountain, Popkum, Promontory Heights, Rosedale, Ryder Lake, Yarrow, Sardis, Vedder Crossing and Hope

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