Company History

Our Origins

Founded in 1963, by Donald G. Saltman, Suburban Testing Laboratories was first certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health when pure drinking water was more abundant, and water testing laboratories were rare.

During the early 1960’s, few people examined their water quality unless it tasted bad, smelled funny, or made them ill. Suburban Testing Labs began as an extension of Saltman’s water treatment company, Suburban Water Technology. The water quality testing primarily consisted of mineral analysis and coliform bacteria detection, which was then simply termed a “potability test.”

In 1974, Richard (Rick) C. Stump, II joined the company as a water treatment technician. As the business grew, Stump recognized an overwhelming need for reliable water testing services for individuals who owned private water supplies. Once thought to be the purest source available, private water supplies began to be questioned. As public awareness increased, homeowners began to realize that in order for their water to be safe to drink, not only would it have to be free from bacterial contaminants, but also from potentially harmful chemicals.

During the 1970’s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to adopt and enforce new testing standards for public water systems. In response to the increased regulations, various water laboratories began to emerge.

In 1978, Rick became Laboratory Director, and Suburban Testing Labs became an EPA approved facility. Over the next 15 years, the laboratory experienced tremendous growth and an expansion of services. In 1994, Rick purchased the company and became entirely independent from the water treatment business focusing solely on laboratory analysis.

Current Leadership

Richard C. Stump, III, Suburban Testing Labs

Richard C. Stump, III

In 2001, Richard (Rich) C. Stump, III joined the company as a full time Laboratory Analyst after graduating from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Chemistry. During the next few years, Suburban Testing Labs enhanced their services to include more Non-potable and Solid and Chemical Materials testing.

In 2002, Rich was promoted to Laboratory Director. During this time, Suburban Water Testing shifted its focus of growth strategy. The laboratory began to grow in more markets such as municipal, industrial and other large environmental testing clients.

Rich currently serves as President and Lab Director for Suburban Testing Labs, providing overall strategic leadership and management for the organization.


Sara Stump

In order to ensure the highest quality of service to every client, the Client Services Team was formed Sara Kuzma-Stump. Sara joined the company in 2005 and has been responsible for much of the company’s growth over the last several years. Sara currently serves as Marketing Director and leads the team of extremely dedicated professionals.


Sarah Purtell

Sarah Purtell currently serves as our Quality Assurance Director, overseeing our quality system. Sarah manages our  NELAP (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) Accreditation for Potable Water, Non-Potable Water and Solid and Chemical materials. This NELAP Accreditation assures the utmost defensibility of data quality.


The quality of our laboratory data is ensured by the lab’s leadership team of experienced professionals. Our supervisors have Bachelor of Science degrees along with a strong work history, leadership skills, and passion for quality data.  We have more than 125 years of combined experience at the top, but also work hard to ensure we groom qualified young professionals to be highly trained scientists using our employee development program.

In order to position itself in a competitive industry, Suburban Testing Labs strives to exceed client expectations by providing first class service at every level. This is all driven by a fantastic staff that takes pride in delivering exceptional customer service each and every day.