Chemical & Environmental Services
Three specialized laboratory teams perform environmental (water) microbiology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, radiochemistry, and trace metals testing in the following areas:
Drinking water is tested for toxic contaminants to assure public safety and compliance with drinking water standards. Our primary customers are the Division of Drinking Water (Utah Department of Environmental Quality) and public water utilities.
Water from streams, lakes, underground sources, and waste effluents are tested to determine if these meet water quality and permit standards. Our primary customer is the Division of Water Quality (Utah Department of Environmental Quality). Other state agencies such as the Divisions of Wildlife Resources and Utah Parks and Recreation are also served.
Hazardous wastes are tested in support of state and local hazardous waste investigations and environmental cleanup programs.
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
Soil and ground water are tested for the presence of petroleum products for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
The laboratory maintains the capacity to perform emergency testing of samples from chemical spills. These services are available to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Department of Health, Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, and local health departments.
Ambient air samples are tested for lead and air particulates for the Division of Air Quality (Utah Department of Environmental Quality).
In conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and the US Environmental Protection Agency's Water Lab Alliance, our laboratory staff are trained to respond to natural, accidental and intentional chemical threat incidents.