Water Testing

We work directly with the Wampanoag Environmental Lab to test private and public water sources.

Water Testing Bottle Pickup Locations:

Wampanoag Environmental Laboratory

Herring Creek Road, Aquinnah, MA
(2nd Driveway after the Aquinnah sign)
(508) 645-2903 |  Kendra Newick
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
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Dukes County Administration Building

9 Airport Road, Edgartown, MA
(508) 696-3840

Conroy's Apothecary

459 State Road, West Tisbury, MA
(508) 693-7070
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Water Testing Bottle Drop Off Locations:

Wampanoag Environmental Laboratory

Herring Creek Road, Aquinnah, MA
(2nd Driveway after the Aquinnah sign)
(508) 645-2903  |  Kendra Newick
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
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Dukes County Administration Building

9 Airport Road, Edgartown, MA
(508) 696-3840

Tuesday before noon only
This service is only available from early July to September 1st
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Some of the problems well owners on Martha's Vineyard encounter:

Bacteria
Total Coliform bacteria are used as an indicator organism for the determination of harmful species such as the Fecal Coliform group and its subgroup E. coli.
 
Nitrates
High levels of nitrates and nitrites (the reduced form of nitrate) could be a health risk, especially to infants and others whom have issues related to oxygen in the blood.  Certain bacteria in the digestive tract change the nitrates to the more harmful substance nitrite.  This condition is known as methemglobinemia more commonly called “blue baby syndrome.”  Infants are at a greater risk because of their undeveloped digestive tract.
 
pH- pH ranges form 0-14, zero being the most acidic, seven being neutral and 14 being the most basic.   Most of the island water tends to be acidic, less than seven.  Acidic water dissolves metals,  leads to corrosion of copper, and galvanized plumbing, and can cause staining.
 
Sodium- salt in your drinking water is a concern for those on low-sodium diets.  The recommended level is less than 20 mg/L.
 
Conductivity- The conductivity measures the ability of the water to conduct an electrical current; conductivity can be important for signaling the presence of other contaminants

Some other parameters that may be of concern that can be tested are as follows:

Heavy Metals
Heavy metals in your drinking water are toxic or poisonous at low concentrations.  Examples of heavy metals include arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg).
 
Other metals, such as iron, copper, and nickel can cause such problems as health related illnesses, staining, pinhole leaks, and bad taste.