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Programs & Services

Environmental Public Health - Drinking Water

Ensures drinking water supplies in Alberta (e.g., large public water systems for cities and towns, private water supplies) are safe to drink.

Inspects public water supplies, reviews water sample results, and issues water advisories if needed. You can get water testing supplies (sample bottles) and shipping information from your local Community Health Centre. Testing for municipalities and private home owners is done through the Provincial Laboratory of Public Health and Alberta Centre for Toxicology. If there is E. coli or total coliform bacteria in your sample, you will be contacted right away in most parts of the province.

May advise private homeowners about how safe their well, cistern, or dugout water is and talk about treatment options if needed.

Does drinking water testing for bacteria through the Provincial Laboratory of Public Health, Environmental Microbiology Services, which checks for:

  • E. coli bacteria (shows if water is contaminated with sewage or fecal matter)
  • total coliform bacteria (helps determine the integrity of the water source)

Chemical water testing of untreated ground water for private households is done by The Alberta Centre for Toxicology which checks for many different things including bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, and magnesium.

Your water sample requisition may be reviewed before your sample is sent to the right place for testing. This is to make sure your water supply is eligible for testing.

For more information visit the Environment Public Health website or submit a request online.

Contact Details

Olds Campus Community Health Centre

Location Info
Olds Campus Community Health Centre, Suite 2029
4500 50 Street
Olds, Alberta
T4H 1R6

Elevators available across from the entrance

Getting There

Turn East onto 57 St from 46 Ave (2A). Take first left. Left again into Parking Lot N. Walk past the Arts building on right. Ralph Klein Centre is straight ahead.

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Closed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for lunch

This is not a drop in service. Please call for information between the listed hours

Service Providers May Include
environmental health officers, public health inspectors

Please call your local office to talk about the criteria for submitting a water sample.

Wait Times

Call your local office to make arrangements for an appointment.


Fees may apply for sending a water sample for testing. Please contact your local office to discuss the charges.

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