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12
APR
2016

Water Runoff Testing

After a heavy rainfall, water runs off of non-absorbent surfaces like roads, driveways, and parking lots. While the rain pours off the pavement, it carries away all of the pollutants with it, including oil, gasoline, and sediment. These pollutants flow with the water into natural...
10
MAR
2016

Life of a Sample: Part 3, Distillation and Digestion

Our ongoing series Life of a Sample explores what happens behind the scenes at WETLAB.  If you missed part one and two, check them out here! The next step for a sample at WETLAB is distillation and digestion, which takes two days.  Lab technicians start with organizing samples by...
27
JAN
2016

Life of a Sample: Part 2, Sample Preparation

Our ongoing series Life of a Sample explores what happens behind the scenes at WETLAB.  If you missed part one, check it out here! The next step for a sample at WETLAB is sample preparation.  This process takes one day, and involves several different processes and people.  During...
22
DEC
2015

Science Education with WETLAB

At WETLAB, we are often approached by members of the community who are interested in having one of talented scientists come talk to students about chemistry.  We try to oblige as much as we can, and this year, we were able to do two completely different presentations for...
08
DEC
2015

Revised Total Coliform Rule

The EPA revised the Total Coliform Rule (TCR) in 2013, but these changes need to be implemented soon. By April 1, 2016, all compliant public water systems will have to implement the revised TCR requirements. At WETLAB, we take a great interest in the new regulatory measures that...
19
AUG
2015

Would You Drink Effluent Water?

Effluent water could soon become part of your normal drinking water in Northern Nevada.  According to KTVN, reclaimed water is around 30% cheaper than potable water, but the problem is that waste water is not drinkable yet. Yet is the key word here, because regulations that...
16
APR
2013

Improving Water Quality – What You Can Do

In this blog, we spend much of our time talking about water quality testing news, science and politics that we find interesting; but with this month’s blog, we decided to do something a little different.
20
MAR
2013

Sierra Snowpack Water Storage looking low

Earlier this winter, we took a look at a promising beginning to the winter’s snowpack and corresponding water storage after big December storms. Our January WETLAB blog reported end-of-December totals of 112 percent water content in the Sierra Snowpack that feeds the Truckee...
19
DEC
2012

Tahoe Governing Body Passes Water Quality Plan

This will be an interesting water quality issue to watch, both for Northern Nevada and Northern California.
19
JUN
2012

Robots with Smartphones, the Next Tech in Water Quality Monitoring?

Here at WETLAB, we’re always on the lookout for the latest technological developments in water quality monitoring so we can get the most accurate data and provide the most useful service for our clients.
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