Lambton Public Health works with residents of Lambton County to provide testing and sampling options to prevent or reduce the burden of illness and disease related to human exposure to environmental factors, such as water and insects (ticks and mosquitoes).
Water Sampling & Testing
Our goal is to ensure our water remains safe for everyone to use, whether it is drinking water or recreational water use. Public health inspectors (PHIs) help prevent and reduce water-borne illness related to drinking water by:
- Working with operators of municipal and small drinking water systems
- Issuing boil water or drinking water advisories
- Helping homeowners get private well water tested, interpret water sample results, and provide advice
- Inspecting public pools, wading pools, spas (hot tubs), etc.
- Monitoring water quality and safety of public beaches
- Investigating reports of water-borne illnesses
- Educating ways to maintain clean and safe waters
Stay safe by:
- Avoiding recreational waters areas posted as unsafe
- Checking beach water quality and call the beach info line 519-383-3816 or sign up for text updates and text “BEACH” to 226-909-3003
- Testing your private well routinely 3-4 times per year, and immediately if the well is flooded
Well Water Testing
Residents who have a private well can have their water tested for free. Water samples submitted to Lambton Public Health are tested by the Public Health Laboratory and results are sent directly to you. Samples can be dropped off during the following times at our locations:
- Main Office, 160 Exmouth St., Point Edward
- Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
- Forest Office North Lambton Community Health Centre, 59 King St. W., Forest
- Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. (Reception)
- Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. (Basement)
- Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Lab (Basement), 450 Blanche St., Petrolia
- Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tick & Insect Testing
One hazard of outdoor activity is exposure to insects. Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria that can spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease.
Lambton Public Health also monitors the presence of West Nile virus in the community based on the collection and testing of mosquitoes from various locations across Lambton.
Ticks Found on a Human:
- Save the tick alive in a jar screw-top bottle or doubled zip-lock bag
- Bring to Lambton Public Health for identification
- Only blacklegged ticks found on humans or human-related cases will be submitted for identification.
You can prevent tick bites by taking precautions when outdoors:
- Stick to the trails and avoid direct contact with plant growth
- Wear light-coloured clothing – it makes ticks easier to spot
- Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks, closed-toed shoes and a hat
- Tuck your shirt in your pants and pants in your socks
- Apply an insect repellent
- Put a tick/flea collar on your pet
- Do a tick check on yourself, your family and your pets after being outdoors paying extra attention to scalp, groin and armpit areas.
To learn more about water or insect sampling and testing, check out the resources below.
For more information about water and insect sampling and testing, talk with a public health inspector at Lambton Public Health.