EPA Selects Eurofins Eaton to Provide Water Quality Testing

Eurofins Eaton Analytical, a U.S. water testing laboratory, has been selected by the EPA to provide water quality testing services to communities with populations below 10,000 people.

As part of the EPA-funded contract, Eurofins Eaton Analytical will provide testing services for small systems according to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation 3 (UCMR3). UCMR3 is a federal monitoring requirement sponsored by the EPA as part of a program that investigates the occurrence of chemical, radiological and microbiological contaminant in an effort to characterise threats to drinking water.

As of January 2013, approximately 800 small water system serving in U.S. communities that have less than 10,000 people will be required to comply with this EPA specification. Eurofins Eaton Analytical was the first laboratory approved by the EPA for all analytical methods to provide large-system testing to small communities and has already been selected by nearly 100 large utilities to provide analytical support for all required UCMR3 methods.

In the US, only EPA-approved laboratories can perform UCMR3 monitoring. Eurofins Eaton Analytical is currently approved for all seven UCMR3 analytical methods. UCMR3 was established under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring (UCM) program, which the EPA uses to collect data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water, but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The five-year, cyclical monitoring program allows the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) to base future decisions regarding contaminant regulation on sound science, and is then revised at the end of each five-year cycle.

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