1 ® ® University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources . Know how. Know now G1614 (Revised December 2013) Drinking Water: Certified Water Testing Laboratories in Nebraska Sharon O. Skipton, Extension Water Quality Educator Bruce I. Dvorak, Extension Environmental Engineering Specialist Wayne E. Woldt, Extension Specialist Upon request, the Nebraska Department of Health and This publication explains the certification process Human Services (DHHS) can provide information regarding water testing laboratories follow and lists certified all laboratories located and certified in Nebraska, and government and commercial laboratories. specific contaminants for which each is certified. For a full and current list of water quality parameters for which each Many Nebraska laboratories offer testing services that lab has obtained certification, contact the DHHS Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Office at (402) 471-8407 include drinking water analyses. Some of these laboratories are operated by government agencies and others are com - or by e-mail at [email protected] . The DHHS Public Health Environmental Laboratory is the only lab in mercial laboratories. A degree of reliability and accuracy the state that is certified or has a contract with a certified can be expected when testing is performed in an approved laboratory. laboratory to test for every drinking water contaminant regulated by EPA SDWA. For additional information on drinking water analyses, Non-certified laboratories may use the same equipment . NebGuide 907 , Drinking Water: Testing for Quality see and procedures as a certified laboratory. Such laboratories - Laboratory Certification may provide accurate analyses, but there is no indepen dent information about the laboratory’s ability to obtain The Nebraska Department of Health and Human reliable results for a particular analysis. Services administers the U.S. Environmental Protection Certified Water Testing Laboratories in Nebraska Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This includes certification of laboratories to test drinking water The laboratories listed are those located in Nebraska samples in Nebraska. A certified laboratory must use approved testing that are certified in Nebraska (as of December 2013) to test private drinking water samples. This list is not meant methods and equipment and meet specific requirements to be an endorsement of any organization. All of the outlined by the EPA. A certified laboratory may not be laboratories listed below are currently certified to test for approved to test all potential drinking water contaminants. Certification is given to laboratories to analyze specific total coliform . Some are certified to test for additional contaminant(s) and a laboratory must meet criteria for contaminants, but the specific contaminants for which each analysis for which it wants to be certified. they have obtained certification varies from laboratory to laboratory. Check with laboratories at the time testing Regulatory certification provides some assurance that the laboratory can perform water quality analyses within an is to be done to discuss the specific tests in which you are interested. acceptable range of accuracy, and will provide reliable and accurate results. It is not a guarantee that a specific water sample analysis has been or will be performed accurately.
2 Contacting a Laboratory Government-Operated Certified Laboratories Central District Health Department Narrow down your options after contacting the DHHS 1137 South Locust Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Office or individual Grand Island, NE 68801 laboratories to determine which laboratories are certified (308) 385-5175 in Nebraska to test for the specific contaminant(s) you are considering. Then, ask individual laboratories about test fees, sampling bottles or kits, and sampling instructions. Douglas County Health Department Laboratory Services Typically, there will be a fee for each contaminant tested; 4102 Woolworth Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 however, some laboratories offer “package tests” which - include testing for a number of contaminants for a speci (402) 444-7496 fied fee. For many contaminants there are special sample containers, preservatives, and sampling procedures that Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services must be used. Carefully follow the sampling instructions Public Health Environmental Laboratory 3701 South 14th provided by the laboratory to get accurate results. Lincoln, NE 68502 Testing Non-Drinking Water (402) 471-8407 Commercial-Operated Certified Laboratories The information in this NebGuide refers to testing water for human domestic consumption and use. There Enviro Service, Inc. may be occasions when tests are needed to determine the suitability of water for other uses. Many of the laboratories 818 South Beltline Highway East Scottsbluff, NE 69361 listed above provide testing for uses in addition to domestic use. Reputable non-certified laboratories also may provide (308) 632-3933 non-drinking water testing. Institute for Environmental Health 215 N. Webb Road Grand Island, NE 68803 This publication has been peer reviewed. (308) 675-1041 Midwest Laboratories, Inc. Disclaimer 13611 B St. Omaha, NE 68144 Reference to commercial products or trade names (402) 334-7770 is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended of those not mentioned and no endorsement Olsen Agricultural Laboratory by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is implied 210 East First Street for those mentioned. P.O. Box 370 McCook, NE 69001 (308) 345-3670 UNL Extension publications are available online at . http://extension.unl.edu/publications Index: Water Management Water Quality 2006-2008, Revised December 2013 Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture. © 2006-2008, 2013 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.