Why Test?

If your answer to any of the questions below is Yes we would advise you to get your water tested, Please contact us to find our more information or simply just order a water testing kit from us instead.

  • Have you recently had a New Baby?
  • Are you Pregnant?
  • Is your Tap Water Discolored?
  • Do you have your own Private Well?
  • Is it more than 12 months since you had your Last Water Test?
  • Find out more at the EPA's website. The Geological Survey of Ireland has mapped Groundwater Vulnerability in Ireland; see their interactive GIS groundwater viewer.

Test For What?

Environmental Laboratory Services Limited are the number one Drinking Water Testing Laboratory in Ireland that provides Independent Water Testing Services to comply with the EU Drinking Water Directive(DWD). We provide the following tests:

  • Private Well Water Test Kit
  • Home Test Kit
  • E.Coli Test Kit
  • Lead Test Kit
  • Microbreweries and Distilleries

Click here for more details of these kits.

EPA Well Water Initiative

The EPA initiative is aimed at reducing the risk to public health from contamination of private well water supplies. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of E.Coli reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in 2012 (up 100%) which continued in 2013. Ireland has the highest incident rate of E.Coli in Europe. Analysis of E.Coli cases by the HPSC has found that patients are up to 4 times more likely to have consumed untreated water from private wells.

Who are Environmental Laboratory Services?

Environmental Laboratory Services Ltd. (ELS Ltd) was established in 1998 and is the number one drinking water testing laboratory in Ireland that provides independent testing services to comply with the EU Drinking Water Directive (DWD).

Our growth stems from our dedication to excellent service, an unparalleled emphasis on quality and reliability and a clear understanding of the needs of our customers.

Recent News

Sub-Standard Water Quality

Half of State’s water supplies are substandard

More than half of the 900 drinking water supplies in the State are substandard and require remedial action if they are to provide adequate water to consumers year-round, Irish Water has said.

A two-year analysis of drinking water services conducted by the company found the number of substandard supplies in the Republic was more than three times worse than previously thought.

Past audits by the Environmental Protection Agency had led to 131 supplies being put on the remedial action list, whereas the Irish Water study found more than 450 supplies should be put on the list.

Irish Water said its more intensive sampling, begun in 2014, revealed difficulties in supplies to places such as Loughrea, Co Galway, and Whitegate, Co Cork, which had been overlooked.Read More....


Lead Pipes

Irish Water says it plans to spend €370 million over the next decade replacing lead pipes and at least €78 million more treating water to stop lead contamination.

About 180,000 homes are served by lead pipes, Irish Water estimates, and are at risk of not meeting the EU safe drinking water standards.

Consumption of lead can affect brain development, with young children, bottlefed infants and “babies in the womb” deemed most at risk.

Drinking water supplies do not contain lead when they leave treatment plants and there are no longer any lead water mains, Irish Water said.

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Impact of lead Pipes on Drinking Water

Irish Water is working hard to improve the quality and supply of our water. We are also tackling national issues like the impact of lead pipes on drinking water. See video

Private water supplies

Private water supplies including those serving rural schools, hotels and hospitals offer some of the State’s worst quality water, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned.

One fifth of the country’s population get their drinking water from small private wells, according to the report from the agency, Focus on Private Water Supplies.

However, small private wells have the worst E.coli contamination levels – significantly behind privately-owned group schemes and water supplies coming directly from the public mains.

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Advice for Private Well Owners Affected by Storm Emma

Date released: Mar 05 2018 The EPA recommends that if your well has been affected by Storm Emma you should make sure it is properlydisinfected before using it for drinking water. Details of how you can disinfect your well are below. This procedure should be carried out once the snow has subsided.

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How Does It Work?


You Order a Test Kit

Once you've decided what you want to test for, order the appopriate kit.

Next, take your sample. Just follow the instructions provided with the kit and send the sample back to us on the same day. What's in the kit?

Finally, post the samples back to us for analysis.


We Analyze

Samples are analyzed to deliver reliable and accurate results. All tests are carried out in a state-of-the–art dedicated EPA-approved water testing laboratory. We conduct the requisite tests in accordance with the EU Drinking Water Directive (DWD) and in compliance of International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005.


You Receive Results

A test certficate will be issued within 10 days of sending the samples. The cert will show the test results as well as the maximum allowable limits for each test (where a limit is available), clearly indicating where results exceed EPA-recommended maximum levels.