Pinellas County Utilities Laboratory
The Pinellas County Utilities Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for the analysis of drinking water, wastewater, environmental surface and ground water and biosolids. Serving the community for more than 30 years, the laboratory staff is comprised of a unique team of highly skilled professionals with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, microbiology and management.
It is of the utmost importance to the laboratory to assure the public health and safety of our water supply. Meeting and exceeding the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act is an ongoing responsibility to provide the highest quality water at the lowest health risk.
The mission of the Utilities Laboratory is to aid in safeguarding the public health by analyzing water samples to:
To accomplish our mission, our laboratory provides the following services:
Certified and inspected by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and in compliance with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation (NELAC) standards, all analytical work is performed by following specific methods developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the American Public Health Association, the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association and the Centers for Disease Control.
The laboratory supports the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater by providing data required for permit compliance, operational requirements and the monitoring of environmental conditions. The laboratory is currently certified in the following environmental categories: metals, general chemistry and microbiology.
The laboratory provides full support for groundwater and surface water monitoring programs for Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste. Analytical support is provided to other County departments, as well as other government entities such as the City of Clearwater and Safety Harbor. The laboratory also serves as a reference laboratory, and as an emergency backup laboratory for the Pinellas County Health Unit.
In addition to analytical and technical support services, the laboratory also provides specialized customer services, including water quality assessment services, project management, research project consultation, training, monitoring of industry innovations and regulatory decisions, identification of unknown substances and laboratory audits. The quality assurance program ensures a complete understanding of the quality of data produced by the laboratory and the ability to coordinate Project Data Quality objectives (DQO's) with the appropriate laboratory method.
Research and Testing
The laboratory's wet chemistry, metals and microbiology sections analyze water samples for an extensive list of chemicals and bacteria. Water samples are collected from the wellfield, during the treatment process, throughout the distribution system, and in homes and businesses. Performing over 50,000 analyses per year, laboratory staff continuously test various water types to ensure compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements.