What We Test For

​Analyses available include (but are not limited to):
  • Physical Parameters - pH, EC, colour, turbidity, alkalinity, acidity, hardness, moisture, suspended solids
  • Bulk Properties - BOD, COD, oil and grease, organic carbon, chlorophyll a
  • Algal species identification and enumeration - marine and fresh water species
  • Metals and MercuryHeavy metals, essential elements and major cations. Chromium VI analysis is also available.
  • Nutrients -Nitrogen and phosphorus compounds, and silica
  • Anions - Chloride, fluoride, bromide, sulphate and other sulphur species (sulphide, thiosulphate, sulphite), and cyanides
  • Organic chemistry tests, including:
    • Herbicides, insecticides and pesticides - over 90 different compounds available
    • Total Recoverable Hydrocarbons, including Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TRH, vTRH,  TPH & BTEXN)
    • Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) - combustion by-products found in coal and tar deposits
    • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - non-biodegradable remenants of formerly used coolents and heat transfer fluids
    • Tributyltin (TBT) - common antifouling boat product
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - over 50 analyes available including trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, formaldehyde, acetone and alcohols
    • Perfluorinated compounds - eg PFOA, PFOS,CFCs 
    • Nitrosamines
    • Shellfish and Algal Toxins
    • Taste and odour compounds


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