Remove any aerator, screen, or other attachment from your kitchen faucet. If you cannot do this, take a sample from an inside tap with no aerator, such as the bathtub. Do not take a sample from an outside faucet or the garden hose.
Swab the end of the faucet spout with isopropyl alcohol or diluted bleach solution (1 part household bleach to 10 parts water) to remove debris or bacteria. Do not disinfect the spout with a flame because this can damage the faucet.
Turn on the cold water. Let it run for two to three minutes (until the water runs cold) to remove standing water from your plumbing system.
Remove the lid of the sample bottle. Do not touch the inside of the lid, put the lid down, or rinse out the bottle.
Fill the bottle to the level that is marked (see instructions in kit). Close the lid firmly and refrigerate.
Bottles can be dropped off to a health unit office (except for Orillia and 80 Bradford Street, Barrie offices). Please do not submit bottles on a Friday to any health unit office.
Sample bottle can also be taken directly to the Public Health Laboratory at 750 Memorial Ave., Orillia (across from OPP Headquarters) Monday to Friday.
Adapted from Public Health Ontario.