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Laboratories Certified for Lead Analysis
in Drinking Water

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

If you're interested in checking to see if lead is leaching from your household plumbing into your home's tap water, you should get your water tested. Below is a list of labs that are DEP Certified to test household tap water for lead. Visit the DEP web site for more information and a searchable database of labs.


How to Take a Tap Water Sample for Testing

MWRA recommends taking samples from the kitchen's cold water faucet.

The first sample should be taken in a manner similar to what is recommended by EPA regulation. This includes sampling the "first flush" of water that has been standing dormant (unused) for six or more hours, usually overnight. This first flush sample tests the worst-case scenario of the water and determines how much lead may be leaching from your household plumbing.

The second sample is more representative of your daily water use, and should be taken after running the faucet. MWRA recommends taking the second sample after running the faucet for two minutes or after normal water use in the morning.

If you have any questions, please call the MWRA Water Quality Hotline: (617) 242-5323, or contact your local water department.

DEP Certified Testing Labs: Lead Testing Centers

Please note that prices are subject to change.
Please contact the labs for current prices.

City/Town Lab Information

Agawam

Eurofins Spectrum Analytical LLC
Tel: (413) 789-9018
11 Algren Drive, Agawam MA, 01001-0000
Cost: $25.00
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

Andover

Andover Water Treatment Plant Lab
Tel: (978) 623-8872
397 Lowell Street., Andover MA, 01810-0000
Cost: contact lab directly for details
Turnaround: contact lab directly for details
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

Ayer

Nashoba Analytical LLC
Tel: (978) 391-4428
31A Willow Rd., Ayer MA, 01432-0000
Cost: contact lab directly for details
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

Barnstable

Barnstable County Health
Tel: (508) 375-6605
3195 Main Street P.O. Box 427, Rte. 6A,
Barnstable, MA 02630
Cost: $20.00 for lead only $30.00 for lead and copper
Turnaround time: 2 weeks
Transport: by mail or drop off

Danvers

Northeast Environmental Lab
Tel: (978) 777-4442
41 Dayton Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Cost: $50.00 for 2 samples
Turnaround time: 5-10 days
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

East Longmeadow

Con-Test Analytical
Tel: (413) 525-2332
39 Spruce St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Cost: $20.00 per sample $75.00 minimum
Turnaround time: 10 days
Transport: by mail or courier

Middleborough

Analytical Balance Corp.
Tel: (508) 946-2225
422 West Grove St., Middleboro, MA
Cost: $12.00
Turnaround time: 7-10 days
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

Sandwich

Envirotech Laboratories, Inc.
Tel: (508) 888-6460
449 Route 130, Sandwich, MA
Cost: $25.00
Turnaround time: 3-4 business days
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

Westfield

STL Westfield
Tel: (413) 572-4000
53 Southampton Rd., Westfield, MA
Cost: $50.00
Turnaround time: 2 weeks
Transport: pick up container, mail or drop it off.

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Updated September 14, 2018