WETLAB Western Environmenal Testing Laboratory
Serving Nevada, California, Idaho and Wyoming
Sparks (775) 355-0202
Elko (775) 340-3173
Las Vegas (702) 475-8899
08
MAR
2019

Sample Integrity: Sample Collection

Sample Collection is the first, and perhaps the most important step in the analytical process. Poor sampling inhibits the labs ability to produce representative data of a sampling source. Sampling is comprised of 5 main steps: 1. Create a Field Sampling Plan 2. Contact lab to...
18
FEB
2019

Sample Integrity: Holding Times

What is a holding time, and why do I need to know about it? A “holding time” is the elapsed amount of time from the point of collection to the moment of preparation or analysis. Note that this is not the date/time of receipt at the lab! If samples are analyzed beyond an...
30
JAN
2019

Sample Integrity: Bottles and Preservatives

What is a preservative, and why is it important? According to the EPA, methods of preservation are relatively limited and are intended generally to (1) retard biological action, (2) retard hydrolysis of chemical compounds and complexes, (3) reduce volatility of constituents, and...
19
DEC
2018

Lessons from the Lab: Cyanide Testing Requirements

In our blog posts Lessons From the Lab we answer frequently asked questions from clients.  Find all installments of Lessons From the Lab here.  Cyanide sampling requirements have become stricter over the years. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) issued...
14
SEP
2018

Announcing TOC Certification at WETLAB

WETLAB is pleased to announce a new certification.  We have expanded our testing abilities, and are now certified in Nevada to analyze Total Organic Carbon (TOC) by SM5310C.  Total Organic Carbon (TOC) is a measurement of organic or carbon-based contaminants in water that come...
21
AUG
2018

Snapshot Day 2018

WETLAB has been participating in Snapshot Day for over a decade!  Snapshot Day is coordinated by the Bureau of Water Quality Planning within the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP).  Snapshot Day occurs annually and is a two-day event where the Urban Truckee River...
20
OCT
2017

Lessons from the Lab: Compliance Vs. Non-Compliance Samples

In our blog posts Lessons From the Lab we answer frequently asked questions from clients.  Find all installments of Lessons From the Lab here.  It is important to know the differences for the client and the lab when the topic of compliance vs. non-compliance comes up. The...
03
JUN
2017

Snapshot Day 2017

Snapshot Day has become an annual WETLAB tradition.  We love getting out into nature and helping to inspire the next generation of scientists!  Jen Delany, one of our regular leaders for Snapshot Day, wrote the overview below.  On Friday May 12th 2017, WETLAB volunteered for...
10
MAY
2017

Domestic Well Testing

WETLAB is a certified lab for drinking water testing in Nevada, with reciprocity for testing in California, Wyoming, and Idaho.  This means that when you send drinking water samples to WETLAB, we guarantee thorough, high-quality data that complies with regulatory standards.  We...
25
APR
2017
Western Environmental Testing Laboratory (WETLAB)

Life of a Sample: Part 6, Reporting

This is the final installment of our ongoing series Life of a Sample, which explores what happens behind the scenes at WETLAB.  If you missed parts one through five, check them out here! Our sample has now been received, prepped, distilled/ digested, analyzed, and entered.  The...
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