The Town of Webster has a Certificate of Approval for Laboratory Service approved for Environmental Analyses for Non Potable Water. The Town has had this NYS Department of Health Certificate since the program started in 1984.
Ensuring Quality of Laboratory Services
Accurate laboratory test results are essential to health assessment and disease or environmental exposure prevention. Laboratory quality control and regulatory oversight programs assure the development and implementation of methods that provide accurate, reliable, reproducible test results from samples collected from the environment.
The Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) was established in 1984, under Section 502 of the Public Health Law and is responsible for the certification of laboratories performing environmental analyses on samples originating from New York State, thus ensuring the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Accurate and reliable environmental analyses are a matter of vital concern, affecting the public health, safety and welfare of all NYS residents. All environmental laboratories analyzing samples from the State of New York must be certified.
ELAP currently grants certification to commercial, facility self-monitoring and government operated environmental laboratories, in categories covering Public potable (drinking) water, Non-potable water, Solid/hazardous Waste and ambient Air and Emissions.
To become certified a laboratory must be directed by an individual who is qualified through education and experience, perform satisfactorily in at least semi-annual proficiency testing and a biennial on-site inspection. Certified laboratories are required to use state-approved analytical methods and adhere to a program of mandated quality assurance/quality control procedures.
SPDES (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit levels and monitoring
The Town of Webster's Wastewater Treatment Plant tests for and monitors the following parameters:
- 5-Day Biochemical Oxygen Demand
- Total Suspended Solids
- Settleable Solids
- Nitrogen, Ammonia
- Total Phosphorus
- Total Mercury
- Dissolved Silver
- Free Cyanide
- Fecal Coliform
- Total Residual Chlorine
- Total Copper
- Total Nickel
- Total Zinc
- Total Selenium
- Total Chromium
- Methylene Chloride