<![CDATA[Analytical & Consulting Services - Blog]]>Sat, 13 Jul 2019 12:52:38 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[2018 Laboratory expansion]]>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 20:23:20 GMThttp://acslab.net/acsblog/2018-laboratory-expansionWe are pleased to announce we are nearing final completion of our new expansion! This expansion doubles our square footage and puts us at 8,000 square feet!
<![CDATA[How Flooding can affect your water]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:51:07 GMThttp://acslab.net/acsblog/floodwaters-and-drinking-waterWith recent heavy rainfall and flooding events in the surrounding area, its recommended to test the quality of your well water if you notice any change in water characteristics e.g. smell, color, clarity. When flooding occurs, it’s possible flood waters could carry debris that could damage well hardware. If the well is not tightly capped, sediment and flood water may enter and contaminate the well. It is important to inspect your well and have your water tested if you notice any changes. Here at ACS we can help you with testing your water if you have suspicion of contamination. Below you will find a helpful chart to help determine what to test for.

Conditions or Nearby Activities:
Test for:
Recurring gastro-intestinal illness
Coliform bacteria
Household plumbing or service lines that contain lead
pH, lead, copper
Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich
Corrosion of pipes, plumbing
Corrosion, pH, lead
Nearby areas of intensive agriculture
Nitrate, nitrite, pesticides, coliform bacteria
Coal or other mining operations nearby
Metals, pH, corrosion
Gas drilling operations nearby
Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium
Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby
Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals
Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks
Volatile organic compounds
Objectionable taste or smell
Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals
Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry
Iron, copper, manganese
Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby
Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium
Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather
Rapid wear of water treatment equipment
pH, corrosion
Water softener needed to treat hardness
Manganese, iron
Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored
Color, detergents
contact us today!
<![CDATA[2019 Spring stormwater]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:16:29 GMThttp://acslab.net/acsblog/2019-spring-stormwaterSpring stormwater sampling season is here! With average temperatures rising and increasingly and more frequent rainstorms, its now more important then ever to have a stormwater plan in place. Here at ACS Lab we offer services including but not limited to: permitting, stormwater sampling and stormwater plan development. We are equipped to handle all of your stormwater needs with certifications in IA, SD and NE !

Stormwater FAQ's

  • How can my stormwater make a detrimental impact on the environment?
    • Stormwater can carry pollution from your site into storm drains and into local tributaries and streams, which in turn can affect aquatic life and anyone or anything who comes into contact with the polluted waters.
    • If not properly prepared, a major rain event could carry materials and substances off your facility’s property on to someone else's land or into their water supply.
      Why Does stormwater have to be regulated?
    • The intent of the federal storm water regulations is to improve water quality by reducing or eliminating contaminants in storm water.  Storm water is defined as precipitation runoff, surface runoff and drainage, street runoff, and snow melt runoff.
      Storm water runoff from areas where industrial activities occur may contain the following contaminants:
    • toxic substances (lead, zinc, etc.)
    • conventional pollutants (oil and grease, fertilizers, sediment from construction sites), or
    • industrial site contaminants, when material management practices allow exposure to storm water.  
    • In addition, illicit connections to storm sewers may also exist and can introduce contaminants through storm sewer systems.  Contaminants introduced in storm water runoff or into storm sewers may impact drinking water sources, waters protected for recreation or aquatic life, and other beneficial water uses.
      Who can test my stormwater and how do I know what to test for?
    • A certified laboratory such as ours can perform any testing that is required.
    • ACS can help you determine if your business needs a stormwater permit and file the necessary paperwork to obtain a permit if you do need one. We can also help you with generating your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), stormwater runoff sampling and testing, among other aspects of the stormwater regulations.
      How do I identify potential pollution sources?
      Depending on the type of industry you are in, potential sources may vary. Scheduled facility inspections are key to identifying potential areas of concern before they become a bigger problem. At ACS our years of Environmental Consulting play a vital role in helping to identify such pollution sources and helping to develop stormwater plans to prevent pollution from occurring.