Residential Water Testing Services

SRC Environmental Analytical Laboratories provides testing packages for home and cottage owners, acreages and farms. Testing the water at your residence provides valuable information about the safety and quality of your water.

SRC has over 60 years of experience with air, water and soil testing and analysis. We are a trusted Canadian laboratory for communities, government, consultants and industry, and we are conveniently located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 standards and have a comprehensive quality control and quality assurance program.

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If you have any questions about your water or would like to order a sample kit, please email us or phone 306-933-6932.

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Working with SRC, you'll benefit from:

  • No extra costs for sampling supplies, storage or disposal
  • Fast turnaround times
  • Direct contact with lab supervisors
  • Quality results from a Canadian-owned and operated lab

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Well Water Potability

To ensure drinking water taken from well water (groundwater) sources is safe for human consumption, the water should be tested for potability on a regular basis. SRC’s Well Water Potability Package includes tests for Total coliform bacteria, E. Coli and Nitrates. The presence of coliform bacteria indicates the water is not safe for human consumption. The Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality specifies a maximum acceptable concentration of 45 mg/L for nitrates in drinking water. 

Routine testing and maintenance of your well will help identify and prevent problems, enabling you to ensure the safety of your drinking water on an ongoing basis.

  • Includes Total Coliform, E.Coli, Nitrates
  • CA$83.00 + GST
  • Includes Total Coliform, E.Coli
  • CA$55.00 + GST


Water Quality Assessment for Treatment Needs

Well water contains naturally occurring minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, sulfate, iron and manganese. Although these minerals are not hazardous to human health, they can affect water quality when present in high concentrations, resulting in hard water scaling, odour, colour and taste. Testing for these components will help determine the right treatment solution.

  • Includes Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Sulfate, pH, Specific conductivity, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Total Hardness, Iron, Manganese, Hydroxide, Sum of Ions
  • CA$152.00 + GST
  • Includes Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Sulfate, pH, Specific conductivity, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Hydroxide, Sum of ions, Total Hardness, Full ICP-MS metal scan (includes iron, manganese, lead in drinking water, heavy metals and other trace elements), Total Dissolved Solids, Fluoride, Silicon, Total Organic Carbon, Free Carbon Dioxide
  • CA$433.00 + GST


Additional Water Testing for Treatment Needs

Tannins may enter the water supply through the process of vegetable matter degradation. This will cause the water to be amber in colour.

The primary reasons for reducing organic carbon in drinking water are not related to the toxicity of the organic carbon compounds, but to reduce the formation of trihalomethanes (THMs) following chlorination and to avoid the objectionable colour that arises when humic and fulvic acids are present at high levels.

  • CA$125.00 + GST
  • CA$54.00 + GST


    Lead and Other Contaminants in water

    Leaching from plumbing (e.g., pipes, solder, brass fittings and lead service lines) can lead to elevated lead and copper concentrations in drinking water. Arsenic and uranium may be present in elevated levels from naturally occurring sources, such as erosion and weathering of rocks and soils. The Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality specify maximum acceptable concentrations for lead (0.010 mg/L), arsenic (0.010 mg/L) and uranium (0.020 mg/L)

    • CA$108.00 + GST

    Visit our Lead in Drinking Water webpage for more information.

    • Full trace metal scan plus lead in drinking water
    • CA$248.00 + GST


    Irrigation and Greenhouse Applications

    Two major factors to consider when determining if water is suitable for irrigation or greenhouse use are salinity and the 
    Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR). A plant’s salt sensitivity is a function of many conditions, including salt type, soil conditions, 
    water quality and climate. High SAR levels (meaning excess sodium relative to calcium and magnesium) can negatively 
    impact soil structure by dispersing clay aggregates, which reduces soil permeability and aeration.

    • Includes Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Sulfate, pH, Specific conductivity, SAR, Total dissolved solids, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Total Hardness, Hydroxide, Sum of Ions, Boron, Copper, Phosphorus, Zinc, Iron, Manganese
    • CA$237.00 + GST

    Surface Water Quality for LiveStock


    Sulfate in livestock water should not exceed 1,000 mg/L. Higher concentrations of sulfate can be tolerated, but loss in production should be anticipated. High levels of sulfate can cause diarrhea in young animals.

    Salinity (Total Dissolved Solids)

    The concentration of total dissolved solids (TDS) in water used for livestock should not exceed 3,000 mg/L. Water with higher TDS concentrations can be used, but the type of livestock and their age must be considered.  

    • Includes Sulfate/Salinity
    • Suitable for assessing common concerns in water used for livestock
    • CA$83.00 + GST
    • Includes Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Sulfate, Sum of ions, pH, Specific conductivity, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Hydroxide, Total Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Fluoride
    • Suitable for assessing overall quality in water used for livestock
    • CA$152.00 + GST
    • Includes ICP-MS Metal Scan, Mercury
    • Suitable for identifying potential contaminants in water for livestock
    • CA$212.00 + GST
    •  Includes Phenoxy Herbicides, Pesticides and Neutral Herbicides
    • Suitable for identifying contamination of pesticides and herbicides in water used for livestock  
    • CA$668.00 + GST


    Spray Water Suitability

    Some surface and well water may not be suitable to mix fungicides, herbicides and pesticides for use in sprayers. Unsuitable water can decrease the effectiveness of the chemical and cause plugging problems during application.  

    • Includes Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Sum of Cations, pH, Specific conductivity, Alkalinity, Bicarbonate, Carbonate, Hydroxide, Total Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Iron
    • CA$179.00 + GST