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Water Quality Laboratory

Laboratory Hours

LABORATORY OPEN with reduced sample drop-off hours

Samples only accepted between the hours 10:00AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and 10:00AM - 12:00PM on Fridays.

Pool samples only accepted between the hours 10:00AM - 3:00PM Monday and Tuesday.

Lobby closed to  the public. Sample drop-off area in Entranceway.

Courier service suspended until further notice.

The Laboratory will be closed on the following dates:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, 20 January 2020
  • President's Day, Monday, 17 February 2020
  • Patriots' Day, Monday, 20 April 2020
  • Memorial Day, Monday 25 May 2020
  • Independence Day, obs. Friday, 03 July 2020
  • Labor Day, Monday, 7 September 2020
  • Columbus Day, Monday, 12 October 2020
  • Veteran's Day, Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 26 November 2020
  • Christmas Day, Friday, 25 December 2020
  • New Year's Day, Friday, 01 January 2021

There will be no sample pick ups at local health departments on Thursday, 26 November 2020 and Thursday, 24 December 2020.

Contact Information

Laboratory Front Desk

Dan White
Laboratory Director
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Sample Containers

Sample containers can be picked up at the laboratory or at the following town health departments:

  • Brewster
  • Chatham
  • Eastham
  • Falmouth
  • Mashpee
  • Orleans
  • Truro
  • Wellfleet

Free courier service is available for the towns of:


  • Falmouth (SUSPENDED until further notice)
  • Mashpee (SUSPENDED until further notice)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Brewster
  • Eastham(SUSPENDED until further notice)
  • Wellfleet

Samples must be delivered by 9:30 AM in order to be picked up by the courier.

LABORATORY OPEN with reduced sample drop-off hours

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Laboratory Mission

The mission of the laboratory is to protect the public health from exposure to environmental and anthropogenic contamination through monitoring and analysis of the Cape’s drinking water supplies, ground-water and surface water sources. Public water supplies and public bathing beaches on Cape Cod are routinely monitored for bacteriological, inorganic and chemical parameters to ensure compliance with Sate and Federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

Turnaround Times

The BCDHE Laboratory offers a standard turnaround of two weeks, however, rush services are available. The standard rush times are 1 day (100% surcharge), 2 days (75% surcharge), 3 days (60% surcharge), 4 days (50% surcharge) and 5 days (25% surcharge). Additional special requests will be considered and quoted for the customer’s convenience.


The BCDHE laboratory is certified to test drinking water, bathing beaches, groundwater and wastewater. The BCDHE performs all analyses in conformance with testing methods required by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mass DEP and APHA standard methods.

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