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