Organic Contaminants Testing in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) has the ability to analyze drinking water samples for multiple chemical contaminants.

  • To request a kit by mail, view/print out our order form and send in with form of payment.
  • Kits can also be purchased in person or over the phone; visit our Contact Us and Directions page for more information.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are primarily found as a result of fuel spills. To test water for VOCs the VDHL offers a Kit OA. More information on this kit can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.

More information on VOCs from the EPA.

Semi volatile chemicals and Pesticides

To test water for semi volatile chemicals and pesticides the VDHL offers a Kit OL. The compounds most likely to be found in Vermont are Atrazine and Simazine. More information on this kit can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.

More information on Atrazine from the EPA.

Disinfection By-Products

To test water for disinfection by-products the VDHL offers a Kit OB and a Kit OK. Compounds in these tests result from chlorinating water. This series is primarily for municipal systems. More information on these kits can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.

More information on Disinfection By-Products from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Herbicides in Water

Herbicides like Pentachlorophenol have been used in older style pressure treated wood products and on power poles.To test water for herbicides the VDHL offers a Kit OE. More information on this kit can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.

Carbamate Pesticides

Carbamate pesticides are used widely as insecticides in homes, gardens, and agriculture. To test water for carbamate the VDHL offers a Kit OG. More information on this kit can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.

EDB/DBCP/ and 1,2,3 trichloropropane

EDB/DBCP/ and 1,2,3 trichloropropane are widely used as pesticides. If it is suspected that the spraying of an insecticide has contaminated your well, the VDHL offers a Kit OH to test your water. More information on this kit can be found on our Forms and Ordering page.