Drinking Water Test Packages

Tests & Frequency

If you would like to have your water tested, just stop by our office at 124 Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth, NH to pick up a well water testing kit. Absolute Resource Associates offers testing of residential well water for a comprehensive list of possible contaminants, including arsenic, bacteria, lead, PFAS and more.  We can provide guidance for testing based on your specific concerns. Some contaminants affect the aesthetics of your water such as taste and odor, others cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, but are linked to health problems. It is recommended that well users test their water every few years. Watch this short video to see how easy it is to test your water:


To evaluate your water quality, we recommend you pick up a water test kit for the "Standard Water Test" package. The frequency for testing is based on EPA's Guide to Water Quality Testing of Private Wells. Situations such as the following may warrant an increase in the frequent of your drinking water testing:

o Close proximity to hazardous material handling facilities
o Recent well construction or repairs
o Contaminants found in previous testing
o Noticeable changes in water quality


Recommended every 3-5 years:

o Bacteria
o Chloride
o Copper
o Fluoride
o Hardness
o Iron
o Lead
o Manganese
o Nitrate/Nitrite
o pH **
o Sodium

Recommended every year:

o Bacteria *
o Nitrate/Nitrite

*Bacteria samples can be received Monday - Thursday only, and need to be delivered to the lab within 6 hours of collection.
** pH needs to be analyzed ASAP after collection. 


Need to test for PFAS? (PFC/PFOA/PFOS)

ARA can help, give us a call or send an email today:  click to email ARA


VOC is an acronym for Volatile Organic Compounds. Many VOCs have been identified as contaminants in drinking water, the compounds detected most often come from gasoline and industrial solvents.  MtBE is an extremely water soluble, slowly degrading compound that was added to gasoline for many years. Because of these properties, it is sometimes found as a well-water contaminant even in remote areas. The VOC analysis that we offer can identify many contaminants. Our report includes the compounds that are most often found.


This test is recommended every 3-5 years:
o MtBE
o Benzene
o Toluene
o Ethyl benzene
o Xylenes