‘Tis the season… To watch holding times! 

Please note that Maine Environmental Lab will be closed from December 24 through January 1.

What that means for samplers (in the month of December):

BOD, CBOD (24 hour hold time and 5 day incubation): Please sample early in the month.
*If you need to sample a BOD after December 14th, you MUST call ahead to see if accommodations can be made.*

Nitrate, Nitrite, Ortho P (aqueous = 48 hour hold time):  Please call at least a few days in advance to schedule.

VOC by method 624 (72 hour holding time and sub-contracted)Please call at least a few days in advance to schedule.

TSS, TDS, TS, TVS, LOI, SVOC, PCB, Herb, Pest, TPH (any 7 day hold times):  Please call ahead to schedule if sampling after Dec. 14th.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


NEW AT THE LAB: LEGIONELLA TESTING!

CDC photo.

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering testing for Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ Disease. There is no longer any need to send your samples out of state for testing.

In June, 2017, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a memorandum titled “Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease.” Healthcare facilities must now develop a water management program to identify areas where Legionella could grow and spread. A critical part of the Water Management Program is monitoring the effectiveness of the plan. An easy way to monitor is to collect samples at pre-determined sampling points, and test for Legionella pneumophila.

We use a reliable test method (IDEXX Legiolert) that is comparable to the traditional culture methods. The Legiolert test gives confirmed results in seven days whereas the traditional culture methods can take up to 14 days.

Having a good water management plan will help your company meet the requirements of the CMS directive, safeguard your company’s reputation and most importantly, prevent the infection of legionellosis for vulnerable populations in your care. Trust Maine Environmental Laboratory to help you meet the monitoring requirements of your Water Management Plan.

Please give us a call today for a price quote and to order materials.   … more


OUR MISSION

Maine Environmental Laboratory performs analyses on samples of all kinds: drinking water, waste water, soil, ash, sludge, manure, wood chips, paint chips, shop rags, railroad ties, food slurry, dredge spoils, dirty oil, construction debris, mystery matrix… You name it, we’ve tested it.  We are a multi-purpose, full-service one-stop shop: if we can’t do it ourselves, we will find a lab who can do it for you, and handle the bottles,  shipping and reporting for you.
Our clients are industries and small organizations with regulated discharge permits, municipalities, engineering firms, the State of Maine, energy companies, and a whole lot of folks who want to ensure their well water is safe to drink.
Please contact us to discuss your special needs; we welcome custom projects and can scale to fit your needs.

Our most common analyses are listed below.

Inorganics and Wet Chemistry Method Method Approved For…
Alkalinity as CaCO3 SM 2320 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Alkalinity as CaCO3 SM 2320 B 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Amenable cyanide SM 4500-CN G 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Ammonia as N SM 4500-NH3 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Ammonia as N SM 4500-NH3 E 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) SM 5210 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Bromide EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Bromide EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand (CBOD) SM 5210 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) HACH 8000 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Chloride EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Chloride EPA 300.0 2.1 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Chloride EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Chloride EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Conductivity Electrical Conductivity of Solids 08.10 Clean Water Program (S)
Conductivity EPA 9050A Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Conductivity SM 2510 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) EPA 9060 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) SM 5310 B 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Fluoride EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Fluoride EPA 300.0 2.1 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Fluoride EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Hardness SM 2340 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Hardness SM 2340 B 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Ignitability EPA 1010A Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Ignitability EPA 1030 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Nitrate as N EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Nitrate as N EPA 300.0 2.1 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Nitrate as N EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Nitrate as N EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Nitrite as N EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Nitrite as N EPA 300.0 2.1 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Nitrite as N EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Nitrite as N EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Oil & Grease EPA 9070A Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Oil & Grease (n-Hexane Extractable Material) EPA 1664A (HEM) Clean Water Program (NPW)
Orthophosphate as P EPA 365.3 Clean Water Program (NPW)
pH EPA 9040C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
pH EPA 9045D Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
pH SM 4500-H+ B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
pH SM 4500-H+ B 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Phosphorus, total EPA 365.3 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Residue-filterable (TDS) SM 2540 C 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Residue-filterable (TDS) SM 2540 C 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Residue-nonfilterable (TSS) SM 2540 D 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Residue-total (TS) SM 2540 B 18th Ed Clean Water Program (NPW)
Sulfate EPA 300.0 2.1 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Sulfate EPA 300.0 2.1 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Sulfate EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Sulfate EPA 9056 0 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Total Cyanide EPA 9010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Total Cyanide EPA 9010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Total Cyanide EPA 9014 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Total Cyanide EPA 9014 Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Total Cyanide SM 4500-CN E 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Total Organic Carbon EPA 9060A Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Total Organic Carbon SM 5310 B 18th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Total Organic Carbon SM 5310 B 18th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Total Solids SM 2540 G 18th ED, 20th Ed Clean Water Program (S)
Total Volatile Solids SM 2540 G 18th ED, 20th Ed Clean Water Program (S)
Bacteria
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert® Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert® Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Total coliforms SM 9223 B (Colilert® Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert®-18 Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Clean Water Program (NPW)
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert®-18 Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Total coliforms SM 9223 B (Colilert®-18 Quanti-Tray®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert®-18) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Total coliforms SM 9223 B (Colilert®-18) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Escherichia coli SM 9223 B (Colilert®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Total coliforms SM 9223 B (Colilert®) 20th ED Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Fecal coliforms Colilert®-18 (Fecal Coliforms) Clean Water Program (NPW)
Metals
Aluminum EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Aluminum EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Aluminum EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Aluminum EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Aluminum EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Aluminum EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Antimony EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Antimony EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Antimony EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Antimony EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Antimony EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Antimony EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Arsenic EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Arsenic EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Arsenic EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Arsenic EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Arsenic EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Arsenic EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Arsenic EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Arsenic EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Barium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Barium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Barium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Barium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Barium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Barium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Beryllium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Beryllium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Beryllium EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Beryllium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Beryllium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Beryllium EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Beryllium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Beryllium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Boron EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Boron EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Boron EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Boron EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Boron EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Cadmium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Cadmium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Cadmium EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Cadmium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Cadmium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Cadmium EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Cadmium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Cadmium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Calcium EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Calcium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Calcium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Calcium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Calcium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Calcium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Calcium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Chromium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Chromium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Chromium EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Chromium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Chromium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Chromium EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Chromium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Chromium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Cobalt EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Cobalt EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Cobalt EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Cobalt EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Cobalt EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Copper EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Copper EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Copper EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Copper EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Copper EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Copper EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Copper EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Copper EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Copper EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Iron EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Iron EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Iron EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Iron EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Iron EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Iron EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Iron EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Lead EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Lead EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Lead EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Lead EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Lead EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Lead EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Lead EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Lead EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Magnesium EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Magnesium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Magnesium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Magnesium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Magnesium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Magnesium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Magnesium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Manganese EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Manganese EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Manganese EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Manganese EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Manganese EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Manganese EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Manganese EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Mercury EPA 245.1 3 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Mercury EPA 245.1 3 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Mercury EPA 7470A Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Mercury EPA 7471B Clean Water Program (S)
Mercury EPA 7471B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Molybdenum EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Molybdenum EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Molybdenum EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Molybdenum EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Molybdenum EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Molybdenum EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Molybdenum EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Nickel EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Nickel EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Nickel EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Nickel EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Nickel EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Nickel EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Nickel EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Nickel EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Phosphorus, total EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Phosphorus, total EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Potassium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Potassium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Potassium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Potassium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Potassium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Selenium EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Selenium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Selenium EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Selenium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Selenium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Selenium EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Selenium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Selenium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Silica as SiO2 EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Silica as SiO2 EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silica as SiO2 EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silicon EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silicon EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silver EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Silver EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Silver EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silver EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Silver EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Silver EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Sodium EPA 200.5 4.2 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Sodium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Sodium EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Sodium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Sodium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Sodium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Sodium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Thallium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Thallium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Thallium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Thallium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Thallium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Tin EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Tin EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Tin EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Vanadium EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Vanadium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Vanadium EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Vanadium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Vanadium EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Zinc EPA 200.7 4.4 Clean Water Program (NPW)
Zinc EPA 200.7 4.4 Safe Drinking Water Program (DW)
Zinc EPA 6010B Clean Water Program (S)
Zinc EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Zinc EPA 6010B Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)
Zinc EPA 6010C Clean Water Program (S)
Zinc EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (NPW)
Zinc EPA 6010C Resource Conservation Recovery Program (S)