Taking Local Environmental Action

At Suburban Testing Labs, we strive to protect public health and preserve our environment in everything we do.  And that purpose extends beyond lab testing for our clients.  

The Environmental Action Committee (EAC) at Suburban Testing Labs is a group of employees that come together initiating actions to reduce our negative environmental impact. The EAC is committed to promoting positive environmental change by creating a culture of mindfulness, volunteerism, and sustainability. They achieve this through local events, process improvements, and the continuing education of our team.

Established in April of this year, the EAC Committee is led by Lorren Walker of our Administrative Team.  Lorren recently coordinated our EAC’s first multi-day volunteer event: cleaning up the shores of the Tulpehocken Creek.

“I’m really excited that we have people that are willing to clean-up our local area, and care about our environment immediately around us,” said Walker.  “It really puts into practice what we preach.”

The clean up occurred along the Tulpehocken Creek from the Blue Marsh Lake area down to the City of Reading.  Volunteers collected trash along the waterway and walking trail.  Suburban Testing Labs offers 16 hours of paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to every employee to encourage staff to get involved in their community.

“It feels great supporting our Purpose right in our own back yard,” said Sara Stump, Marketing Director at the laboratory.  “The best parts were spending time with team members, and seeing parts of the trail I never experienced before.  I loved it!”

 

“I hope they tested this.”

Testing Rivers Lakes and Streams

Because of COVID-19, people are flocking to rivers, lakes, and streams for recreation more than ever before. How do we know it meets safety standards?

As an Environmental Testing Laboratory, a lot of non-potable water samples from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) come through our laboratory.  The treated water discharged by these facilities goes into our vast natural waterway system – our rivers, lakes and streams.  Testing this water to ensure it meets safety standards is critical.

WWTPs have state permitted analysis requirements that must be completed by an accredited laboratory.  In addition, public water supplies that use these waters as a water source must often test untreated or “raw” water for harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and cryptosporidium.  We perform this analysis for our clients 365 days a year.

The public trusts that we are using the highest quality standards when analyzing these samples.  We understand that the results of our water testing are used to make important environmental decisions.  Trustworthy data quality is of utmost importance for us to meet that demand.

It’s Personal – A Dip Into A Local Lake

Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County, PA

Blue Marsh Lake, Berks County, PA

The health of all our regional bodies of water is important to us.  One happens to be in our backyard.

Our main laboratory is located five miles from Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and many of our employees use the lake for recreational activities all year long.  Owned and maintained by US Army Corps of Engineers, this lake benefits water control practices for the downstream communities of Reading, Birdsboro, Pottstown, Conshohocken and sections of Philadelphia.*

The lake is 1,150 acres and allows for a lot of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming and hiking.  The lake is located on the Tulpehocken Creek, which is a tributary to the Schuylkill River within the Delaware River Basin.  The Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers are vast resources for drinking water supplies.

The Creek was impounded in 1974 creating this 8-mile-long Lake, and there has been a total of 37 species of fish captured during surveys conducted by the PA Fish & Boat Commission.

We conduct various types of field analysis, sample collection, and laboratory testing for many different clients within this watershed.  It’s just one way we work to preserve the health of our local water environment, and our community.

To learn more about Blue Marsh Lake, visit the USACE website: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil- Works/Blue-Marsh-Lake/

Collecting a Sample from Blue Marsh Lake

To learn more about our Field Services, Wastewater and Drinking Water Analysis, visit our website: https://www.suburbantestinglabs.com/environmental-testing-services.html

* Per USACE