Quality Control

The Environmental Laboratory

National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program Accredited Laboratory

The Environmental Laboratory performs chemical analyses for process control to assist operators in maintaining optimum performance levels at the water and wastewater treatment plants for the City of Abilene.

The Laboratory also performs chemical analyses for compliance monitoring of the water and wastewater plants. Compliance monitoring is analysis of samples to determine if regulatory limits or requirements are being met at both the federal and the state level.

The Industrial Waste Section administers the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Watershed Enforcement, and Health Hazard Backflow Prevention Program.

Abilene’s Environmental Laboratory is accredited by the National Environmental Laboratories Accreditation Conference (NELAC). The lab also holds two Drinking Water Certificates for Texas and is recognized by the EPA as a Discharge Monitoring Report Quality Assurance laboratory.

Its duties include

  • Hamby Water Reclamation Facility: Supports process control and compliance sampling and analysis.
  • Abilene Public Water System: Supports process control and compliance sampling and analysis. 
  • Regional Customers: Provides water and wastewater analysis.
  • Lake Monitoring: Collection and analysis for lake water quality of source water.
  • Developers/Builders: Bacterial testing of new buildings and subdivisions before hooking up to the city’s water main. 
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