Free Rural Well Water Testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing to make it more convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. As part of the improved program, residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations (see chart below).

Residents wishing to drop off their samples and pick up testing bottles may also continue to do so during regular business hours at OPH’s main office – Mary Pitt Centre (100 Constellation Drive) or at the Ontario Public Health Laboratory (2380 St. Laurent Blvd).

This service will be provided year round and testing for bacteria continues to be offered free of charge. OPH also recommends testing for nitrates. If you are in an agricultural area, you may also wish to test for pesticides, herbicides, gasoline and solvents.

For any further questions or information, please visit or call OPH at 613.580.6744.

Tuesday Drop Off Locations

Metcalfe Client Service Centre

8243 Victoria Street

8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Mackinnon Foodland –Greely

1347 Meadow Drive

24 hrs

Manotick Library 

5499 South River

10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

North Gower Library 

6579 Fourth Line Road

10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Osgoode Foodland   

5669 Osgoode Main Street 

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rural Ottawa Support Services - Manotick  

1128 Mill Street  

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.