Analytical Balance Corporation Services

Analytical Balance offers testing to a wide range of clients. From a homeowner with a private well to a large municipal water supply, we can meet all of your drinking water testing needs whether for federal, state or local compliance, a special project or for your own peace of mind. Similarly, we also test waste water. This includes anything from a septic system at a single family dwelling to a large municipal sewage treatment plant to landfill leachates. We also offer sampling and courier services. It you are unsure how to collect your samples properly, one of our trained staff is available to assist. Some authorities require a “laboratory to collect the sample” for legal reasons. These services can also be quoted as part of a contract if you have continuing needs.

Our individual department pages: Metals, Microbiology, Organics, Wet Chemistry, Radionuclides and Site and Sampling can give you more information about all of the tests we offer.

Drinking Water
Below is a list of typical tests and groups of tests (batteries) that a private well user may be interested in as a requirement or just for peace of mind.

Potability
Includes bacteria (see total coliform/E. coli below), pH, specific conductance, turbidity, alkalinity, hardness, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, chloride, sulfate, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, lead and copper.

Bacteria - Total Coliform/E. coli
This test indicates the presence or absence of total coliform (TC) bacteria and E. coli an indicator of fecal contamination and an acute health concern. If TC is present, additional testing will indicate if E. coli is present. If your water is absent for TC it cannot be present for E. coli.

Bacteria - New Main
This test includes total coliform/E. coli and heterotrophic plate count (HPC) which is a test for generic bacteria.

Arsenic
Arsenic testing is required or strongly recommended in areas where it is naturally occurring.

Arsenic with Speciation
This includes total arsenic, arsenic III and arsenic V. This will identify the various forms of arsenic.

Lead and Copper
Lead and copper commonly leach from plumbing and are especially dangerous for susceptible individuals such as children.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) by EPA 524.2
This includes all 21 of the Massachusetts regulated volatile organic compounds as well as 36 to 40 unregulated compounds (depending on reporting requirements) for drinking water.

Title V (Massachusetts Required List)
This includes bacteria, ammonia and nitrate. Note: You may also be required by your local board of health to add a VOC and/or other tests.

Pools, Spas and Beaches
Local Boards of Health determine the required testing to open or maintain a pool, spa or bathing beach. Below is a list of typical tests and groups of tests that could be required. Since Towns vary, it is your responsibility to determine which tests are required.

Bacteria - total coliform
Bacteria - heterotrophic plate count
Bacteria - Pseudomonas
Note: Due to testing requirements, samples must be received at the Laboratory by 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. No Pseudomonas samples are accepted on Fridays.
Bacteria - Enterococci
Typically required for salt water beaches only.

Residual chlorine
Free chlorine
Alkalinity pH

Waste Waters
Below are some examples of tests and groups of tests that may be required of a waste water system or industrial user in order to obtain discharge permits. Additional information can be found within our individual department pages. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs or for package pricing.

Bacteria - fecal coliform

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) by EPA 624
This includes 39 to 41 volatile organic compounds (depending on reporting requirements) for waste water or monitoring wells.

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) by SW-846 8260
A more extensive list, this includes 74 volatile organic compounds (may vary depending on reporting requirements) for waste water or monitoring wells.

Other
Priority Pollutant 13 Metals
This includes antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, sliver, thallium and zinc. Usually requires sample digestion.

RCRA 8 Metals
This includes arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium and sliver. Usually requires sample digestion.