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. Learn more about the chemicals tested
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).
- To request a kit by mail, view/print out our order form and send it in with a form of payment.
- Kits can also be purchased in person or over the phone; visit our Contact Us and Directions page for more information.
- 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