The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) is accredited by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and provides chemical analyses for public and private drinking water supplies. Of Vermont’s drinking water, 40% is supplied from private wells or springs.
Chemical testing is recommended every five years. Recommended tests include arsenic, chloride, copper, fluoride, hardness, iron, lead, manganese, nitrate, nitrite, sodium and uranium.
The VDHL offers a wide range of testing including heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic, uranium, iron) and water hardness. Support is also provided for families with infants and small children by offering nitrate and fluoride testing. The VDHL offers test data interpretation and public health emergency response for environmental samples (e.g. drinking water tampering incidents or floods).
- Information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Drinking Water Contaminants Standards and Regulations
- More information on Nitrates and Nitrites in Drinking Water
- Vermont’s Guide to Fluoride levels in Public Water Systems