Ready For You

We’re here to answer the call.

Summer is here, and construction projects are running full swing.  Many projects that were put on hold raced to start again when COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.  Whether you’ve just started a project, or have one in the works, we’re ready to take on your samples.

We’ve already received thousands of samples for various projects including construction, transportation, brownfield and infrastructure improvements.

Tools to Help You

Do you have new soil samplers on your team?  We have a brief e-Learning training video on our website that can help with training.  Check it out here.

Our Project Management team works closely with your team to gather all specifications to ensure your project is accurate from the start, including parameter lists, reporting limit requirements, and results report needs.  We make onboarding easy.

Our team of Field Scientists are on the road in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware ready to pick up your samples when you need.  We also offer sample receipt here at our headquarters with flexible hours.  When you need samples submitted, we are here to work with you.

Don’t get frustrated with unanswered calls, late or incorrect reports, contact us today to learn how we can help your next project be a success.

 

Testing Drinking Water

In the face of a global pandemic, one thing you shouldn’t worry about is whether your drinking water is safe.  Water suppliers and treatment professionals have been on-the-job as essential workers.

While we are a full-service laboratory that tests many sample types, we were founded on drinking water analysis and it continues to be a core part of our business.

Suburban Testing Labs by the Numbers

So far in 2020, we’ve performed over 42,000 analyses on drinking water samples from wells and water suppliers that serve more than 2.8 million Americans.  More and more clients place their trust in Suburban Testing Labs to provide them with data that is high quality, defensible and reliable.

We work hard every day protecting public health by ensuring the water we consume is safe.

If you are a public water supplier, treatment professional, operations company, or anyone working to help provide safe drinking water, contact us to learn how you can turn to the local laboratory providing high-quality, defensible data at a competitive price.

Testing Pool Water

Your poolside worries should be limited to swimming, sunblock, and selfies – not bacteria (or COVID-19).  With counties entering the yellow phase, and with green on the horizon, we are starting to see more pools open to the public every day.

Last summer we performed more than 13,700 analyses for public bathing (pool) clients.  Learn what public pools are required to do, how we fit in, and why some pools fail the bacteria test.

Pool Testing Requirements

All pools open to the public are required to have the pool water tested weekly to ensure it is maintaining standards.  The standards in Pennsylvania come from PA Code Ch. 18, and regulated by the PA Department of Health.  Swimming pools can have up to 2 coliform per sample, free chlorine must be at least 0.4 mg/L , and pH must be between 7.2-8.2.

Pools open to the public include year-round pools, not just your neighborhood community pool.  These include pools, spas, and sprinkler pads at hotels, community centers, and retirement communities.

Suburban Testing Labs analyzes pool water year-round.  Our field scientists analyze pH and chlorine onsite, collect a Total Coliform bacteria sample, and transport it back to our microbiology lab for analysis.  If a pool has an excess of bacteria beyond the allowable limit, we contact the client and health department to inform them of the result so corrections can be made.

Why A Pool May Fail Testing

Coliform bacteria are a naturally occurring group of bacteria that indicate the potential presence of other harmful bacteria; even the best maintained pool might have a coliform failure from time to time.

Public Swimming Pool TestingThe most common problem with coliform bacteria is insufficient disinfectant.  The minimum required limit is 0.4mg/L, however the National Spa and Pool Institute recommends a disinfectant residual of 2-4mg/L for normal usage and 3-5mg/L for periods of heavy usage.

The next most common problem is contact time and pH.  Chlorine may require 20 minutes of contact time to completely kill coliform bacteria.  Chlorine also becomes less effective as pH increases.  It is important to have the right balance of both pH and chlorine for adequate disinfection.

Pools are a great way to beat the heat for folks of all ages, but it’s important that standards are met and monitored to ensure that public health is protected.  We are proud to support this part of the environmental protection industry.

Contact us today to learn how we can support your pool testing needs.  info@suburbantestinglabs.com

EPA Announces 2016 Brownfield Funding

Brownfield Site Newsplash 2016The EPA has announced $10.7 million that will be available fiscal year ’16 to provide supplemental funding for 33 successful Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees.   RLF’s supply funding for loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at Brownfield sites.  These funds help maintain momentum so more cleanups can be completed.

In the EPA news release, Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management stated, “These funds – going to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites – will help revitalize distressed communities, improve public health, encourage innovation, and boost local manufacturing opportunities.”  With over 40 communities getting prepared to receive projects to redevelop brownfield properties, jobs are going to be established as well.

The redevelopment process of the brownfield sites does not only improve communities, but it also generates additional space for commercial businesses, as well as revenue for local governments.  One project alone will provide housing for 140 individuals and create over 100 permanent jobs.

The EPA did not stop here because when they calculated the total amount of jobs that were established from these projects, approximately 109,000 jobs were created throughout the whole United States.  They are not only creating a safer environment for the local population, but creating jobs for them as well.

With a discovery of 450,000 brownfield sites across the United States, the EPA continues to invest in the redevelopment of these sites.  The value of properties around these sites increased approximately 15 percent once they are cleaned up.  Local governments are also accumulating revenue through taxes which range from $29 to $97 million in one year, just from 48 different brownfield sites.

Suburban Testing Labs supports the environmental testing required for consultants working on brownfield redevelopment sites.  For more information, contact us and visit our site remediation webpage.

To read more, please visit https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-107-million-supplemental-funds-clean-contaminated-brownfield-sites 

 


About Us

 Suburban Testing Labs is a nationally recognized independent environmental testing laboratory specializing in analysis of water, wastewater, and solid materials such as biosolids, sludge and soil.  We are accredited in accordance with NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference) and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first-class customer service.

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August is National Water Quality Month!

Celebrate our national water quality with the great outdoors

National Water Quality Month

Canoeing on the Delaware River

Reading, PA – There is no better way of showing the importance of clean water then by celebrating a whole month dedicated to the quality of water.

Everyone who enjoys going swimming, kayaking, or even boating in rivers, lakes, and oceans needs to understand how important it is to preserve the clean water that we use for drinking, and our personal enjoyment.

Did you know that 207 of our 397 national parks – 52% have waterways that are considered “impaired” under the Clean Water Act? According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the most common reasons are high levels of pathogens, mercury, heavy metals, nutrients and sediment.

The National Park Service (NPS) is the agency in charge of the management and monitoring of water quality in all national parks across the United States. The NPS is highly important because not only do they monitor all the waterways, but they classify each waterway as well.  If a waterway is impaired, they contact the state and make sure they take the appropriate measures to reduce the pollution.  In fact, by treating the waterways that are contaminated, this in turn reduces the amount of pollutants that enter from runoffs into other bodies of water.

Lake Okeechobee is a great example of this type of situation.  The fact that Lake Okeechobee is a man-made lake and collected too much water this past winter, water was released and now heading to the Everglades National Park.  The state of Florida has constructed a plan that will store and treat the water flowing into the Everglades National Park.

Suburban Testing Labs is a leader in testing the public drinking water, wastewater, soil and solid materials for many recreational and commercial areas. In fact, in Pennsylvania alone, we test the water for more than 1 Million residents.  Contact us for information on how we can support the testing needs of your utility or construction project.

To read more, please visit https://www.npca.org/articles/98-focus-on-water-celebrating-national-water-quality-month


About Us

 Suburban Testing Labs is a nationally recognized independent environmental testing laboratory specializing in analysis of water, wastewater, and solid materials such as biosolids, sludge and soil.  We are accredited in accordance with NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference) and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first-class customer service.

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Too Close to Home –

Algae Crisis in Lake Erie Similar to Lake Okeechobee, South Florida

Overhead Pic of Lake Erie

Overhead View July 2015

We all know nutrients from wastewater treatment plants, septic systems, and farms are hazardous to our waterways.  But recent visible algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee garnered a nationwide outcry.  Unfortunately here at home, Lake Erie,  is strikingly similar.

Since 1995, Lake Erie has been known for containing a bacteria called microcystis, which is an extremely toxic organism.  According to The Blade, microcystis nourish off of sunlight, freshwater, nutrients from agricultural runoff, and stagnant air.  Another case has emerged this summer at Lake Okeechobee in South Florida.  Besides all the evidence being highly identical to the Lake Erie case, Florida also reached an all-time rainfall amount this previous winter.  Could this be one of the central causes for this bacteria to cultivate?

Chlorophyll Map of Lake Erie

Chlorophyll Map of Lake Erie

Climatologist consider this to be an El Nino effect.  This past winter was the warmest in years causing South Florida to receive up to 12 inches of rain, just in January.  The amount of rain that South Florida usually accumulates is about less than an inch of rain during the month of January.  Due to the fact that Lake Okeechobee is a man-made Lake that is treated as a reservoir, and a place to store hurricane-induced flooding, water was overflowing from all of the rain they received.  Since the Lake was holding more water than it could, water was released into local canals.   This might sound like a great idea, but this contaminated water is being carried into additional bodies of water causing more of a tragedy.

They say this year is the biggest boom in history.  Want to learn more?  To read more about the algae crisis, click here.

Also for reference: EPA’s Fact Sheet on Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms


About Us

 Suburban Testing Labs is a nationally recognized independent environmental testing laboratory specializing in analysis of water, wastewater, and solid materials such as biosolids, sludge and soil.  We are accredited in accordance with NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference) and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first-class customer service.

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