Environmental Health Services (EHS) operates an accredited water quality laboratory for bacteriological testing of drinking water*, specifically total coliforms and E.coli.
This service can be used by drinking water operators and private well owners at no cost. You will need to make arrangements to obtain a proper sampling bottle and form with sampling instructions by visiting the office or calling:
Environmental Health Services
#2 Hospital Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3H8
(867) 667-8391 (toll-free 1-800-661-0408 ext.8391)
*Please note that EHS does not test untreated surface water samples. Regardless of the presumed safety of this water source, it is never considered safe to drink due to naturally occurring micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that may cause illness. The bacteriological quality of surface water changes often and without control due to weather conditions, temperature changes, animal and waterfowl feces, and human activity, so it should never be considered a safe drinking water source.