Residential Drinking Water Testing

Whether you have a private well or your water is supplied by a municipality, the quality of your water is extremely important.


Contaminants can enter drinking water supplies as water flows through the soil and dissolves materials that are present. Human activities also play a major role in water quality.


If you would like to have your water tested for common contaminants such as lead, arsenic, and bacteria, just stop by our office at 124 Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth, NH to pick up a water testing kit.


If you are not within driving distance and/or would prefer that we ship you the required bottles for water testing, click the link below:


order a water test kit to be sent to you


Notice to Vermont Customers:

Vermont regulations require that all drinking water results be reported to the Vermont Department of Health. To comply with this requirement, ARA must forward results identified as Vermont “drinking water” or “groundwater source” to the VTDH.


The statute governing this requirement can be found here:

This link provides further info & contact information if you have any questions regarding this Vermont statute.

Helpful Links:


  • Our Tests and Frequency page will explain which analyses we perform, how often testing is recommended and what is involved with testing your well. 



  • The NHDES Drinking water division has detailed information available regarding water quality issues, contaminants and remediation. NHDES Be Well Informed Guide can be found at:




Most contaminants have no taste, odor or color, so their presence can only be determined by laboratory testing of a water sample. Since some contaminants found in drinking water have been linked to cancer and other health issues, it is important to know what is in your water. 


Public water suppliers are required to perform periodic potable water testing and distribute this information to the public. Although there is no requirement for private well water testing, most states recommend that you test your well water periodically for a list of common contaminants. If you would like to know how to get a potable water test from ARA, send us an email here.  



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