Western Environmental
Testing Laboratory
Metal Lab Expansion

WETLAB is excited to announce we have recently expanded our mercury laboratory. This expansion will allow us to house our two Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption (CVAA) mercury analyzers that detect trace levels of mercury in a variety of  materials including:

  • EPA 245.1- drinking water, surface water, groundwater, and wastewater
  • EPA 7470 – mobility-procedure extracts, aqueous waters, and groundwaters
  • EPA 7471 – soils, sediments, and sludges

This expansion has provided us with more space in our main trace metals lab and will allow us to continue to grow and expand.

WETLAB held two virtual learning seminars in June; one focused on sample integrity and discussed sample bottles and preservatives, collection techniques, and hold times. The second seminar featured a guide to understanding a report including the results, data flags, report comments, and laboratory quality control.

We are happy to host our third virtual learning seminar this fall! This seminar will discuss sample temperatures and transports dos and don’ts. These seminars feature a 30-minute presentation, along with a 15-minute Q&A session. If you are interested in participating or to receive updates about upcoming seminars, please email Logan at logang@wetlaboratory.com.

Have a specific topic in mind for an upcoming seminar? Email us info@wetlaboratory.com with your topic today!

 

Our WETLAB team remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while our state begins to open up. We are here to support your needs and will continue operating as we have been, with the protocols below, in order to promote responsible interaction with each other and our customers.

Facility Hours

WETLAB is open to accept samples at our facilities during the following times:

Sparks: 8:00 am  – 6:00 pm

Elko: 10:00 am  – 4:00 pm

Las Vegas: 10:00 am  – 3:00 pm

Sample Drop Off

Considering the COVID-19 precautions and social distance requirements, WETLAB is currently using a contactless sample drop-off process.  Please use the designated drinking water and wastewater coolers for sample delivery.  Please submit your signed Chain of Custody (COC) to the COC delivery box.  If you’d like a copy of your signed COC, please contact your local WETLAB location or you may email your project manager.  Otherwise, you’ll receive a copy of the COC with the final report.

At this time, our courier schedule remains unchanged, if you would like to request a pickup please contact us.

Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our clients, employees, and families remain our priority and as such, we are continuing to take precautions to do our part in minimizing exposure and reducing the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, our client services team, as well as our administrative staff, work from home. We also have protocols in place with our courier service, as well as observing advanced sanitization and cleaning procedures within our office.

WETLAB will continue to be responsive to your testing needs to ensure that regulated facilities are operating within their permits and standards to protect public health.  As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation throughout the world and in our own community, we will continue to be diligent in keeping you informed of any changes in our operations. Stay safe and healthy.

Check out some photos of our contactless drop off setup!

By Nick Ross, Operations Manager, WETLAB – Western Environmental Testing Laboratory

Nevada is an ideal state for businesses or companies to relocate to or build from the ground up. Specifically, in the northern part of the state, with the business-friendly environment and large amount of industrial space, it’s no wonder that companies like Apple, Tesla, Panasonic and Switch are deciding to call northern Nevada home. The region is also home to unique environmental factors that can greatly affect businesses, the economy and its citizens. Whether businesses are starting construction on a brand-new building or deciding to relocate to an existing space, there are several aspects that should be taken into consideration including the region’s groundwater tables, natural recourses, drought conditions and renowned water resources.

Groundwater Tables
Northern Nevada’s environment contains both very low and very high groundwater tables in close geographic areas. Ground water is impacted by precipitation, irrigation and ground cover. It also may be affected by land use. The water table can fluctuate with the seasons from year to year because it is affected by climatic variations, as well as how much water may be drawn from underground.

Groundwater is held underground in the soil or in the pores and crevices in a rock. Low groundwater can be extremely conducive to some endeavors like mines or landfills. However, low groundwater can also pose a problematic element for others like production wells. On the other hand, high groundwater tends to have the opposite effect. Mine dewatering – removing groundwater from a mine or contaminated groundwater due to seepage, are both present in northern Nevada’s environment.

Abundant Natural Resources
The region is filled with natural resources buried deep within the Earth. Resources like mineral deposits of gold, silver and lithium are buried in northern Nevada. The state’s great mineral wealth established this unique geographic region as a state nearly 150 years ago. Today, it continues to be an essential sector in Nevada’s economy. Thanks to world-class deposits of gold and silver, mining is Nevada’s largest export industry. Nevada’s mining industry was a vital source of technological advancement in the 19th century and continues to drive innovation in engineering and science. More than 12,000 people are directly employed by the Nevada mining industry. With a thriving mining industry, other industries and the state’s economy reap the benefits of numerous natural resource exports.

Extreme Drought Conditions
These extreme drought conditions can lead to more natural landscape erosion which in turn require more chemicals to maintain farmlands or golf courses. These conditions can also contracture to additional non-point source pollution when the rain causes runoff for the drought-stricken areas. Additionally, when a region is experiencing a drought, many industries are involved. Whether it’s the dry soil that causes building foundations to crack and shift or a poor yield of the food crop which can lead to less product and local businesses feeling the lack of spending, extreme drought conditions can severely affect the region’s business climate.

World Renowned Water Resources
Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest bodies of water in the world, due to its significant depth, low watershed rate and granite composition. Other resources such as the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake, Walker River and Walker Lake are extremely protected water resources in northern Nevada. Whether state or federal regulations, these water resources require extra layers of regulatory and testing requirements in marinas, ski resorts, water/sewage treatment, etc.

These unique environmental factors can seem daunting to business owners or developers, especially if they are new to the region. It’s important to properly test these environmental factors prior to building or relocating. Environmental testing companies are able to develop unique testing strategies and methods for various constituents and matrices while working closely with regulatory bodies to ensure compliance and accurate testing.

About WETLAB
WETLAB was founded in 2002 in Sparks, Nevada. In 2006, they moved into a state-of-the-art building, customized for our unique environmental testing and analytical needs. This facility has continued to grow is the main testing facility for WETLAB. To meet their customer needs, they have satellite facilities in Elko and Las Vegas. Learn more at www.wetlaboratory.com.

More information. 

Jason Dukek
Water/Wasterwater Operator, Broadbent & Associates, Inc. 

Broadbent & Associates, Inc. is a full-service environmental remediation, water resource, and civil engineering firm. I have been working with WETLAB for the last 15 years, and in all that time, I have never had a situation that wasn’t resolved quickly and efficiently by their staff. They have always watched out for possible mistakes in sampling, or results that could be in direct violation of the client’s permit and notified us of the situation in a timely manner which makes my job that much easier. Their staff is always courteous and professional, and their website is easy to follow and has a lot of needed information at your fingertips.

As a water and wastewater operator, it is important to have a certified testing laboratory with multiple locations throughout the state. With as many as 40 clients throughout the state, each requires different sampling constituents. If I run across something I have never sampled before, I get a hold of our Client Services Manager and they will let me know exactly what I need to do or use to grab the sample correctly. Having a lab that will have your sample bottles ready for pickup in short notice is also very helpful.

With multiple clients, we will continue to work with WETLAB on everything water and wastewater related to keep our clients in compliance with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. We will continue to work with them as our clientele base increases over time.

 

We are pleased to announce the promotions of Andy Smith and Jennifer Delaney.

Andy has been with WETLAB since 2002 and has nearly 22 years of experience in laboratory testing. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing lab operations and testing. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Adams State University.

Jennifer has worked for WETLAB since 2007; her past roles include laboratory scientist, quality assurance (QA) specialist, and QA team lead. In her new role, she will be responsible for ensuring data is of the highest quality and meets the needs of clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology, both from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Our WETLAB team remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. We are here to support your needs and will continue operating as we have been, with the protocols below, in order to promote responsible interaction with each other and our customers.

Sample Drop Off

As temperatures are quickly cooling off in the area, WETLAB Sparks is going to reopen our doors for indoor sample drop offs starting on Monday, November 2. You will still be able to utilize the zero-contact sample drop off station if you choose. It will be moved to the side of the door and instructions will be posted.  In order to keep both clients and staff as safe and comfortable as possible, we will be following the Washoe County COVID-19 recommendations for public spaces.

Please review the following practices:

  • If you choose to enter the building, a face mask must be worn at all times.
  • While inside the building, please maintain a 6-foot distance from other people (staff and clients alike).
  • We are requesting that clients remain in the front office.
  • Please bring your own pen.

At this time, our courier schedule remains unchanged, if you would like to request a pickup, or have any questions, please contact us.

Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our clients, employees, and families remain our priority and as such, we are continuing to take precautions to do our part in minimizing exposure and reducing the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, our client services team, as well as our administrative staff, work from home. We also have protocols in place with our courier service, as well as observing advanced sanitization and cleaning procedures within our office. Effective June 26, 2020, with Governor Sisolak’s Face Coverings Directive, all visitors are required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth when dropping off samples. Our employees will be wearing face coverings and other forms of PPE while interacting with the public.

Facility Hours

WETLAB is open to accept samples at our facilities during the following times:

Sparks:                   8 – 6

Elko:                       10 – 4

Las Vegas:            10 – 3

WETLAB will continue to be responsive to your testing needs to ensure that regulated facilities are operating within their permits and standards to protect public health.  As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation throughout the world and in our own community, we will continue to be diligent in keeping you informed of any changes in our operations.  Stay safe and healthy!