Current Prices for Private Well Testing Act Parameters

Private well testing act minimum requirements for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

5 - 7 Day Turnaround


Includes sample collection and analysis of untreated water for Total Coliform, Nitrate, pH, Iron, Manganese, Lead, Mercury, 48hr Gross Alpha, and all regulated Volatile Organic Chemicals.

Also includes GPS siting and reporting of results in accordance to PWTA requirements.

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Prices for Additional Testing on Treated Water

Basic Retest - $35.00

Includes sample collection and analysis of treated water for Nitrate, pH, Iron, and Maganese if they exceed US EPA/NJ DEP Standards in the untreated PWTA sample.
5-Parameter $55.00
Includes sample collection and analysis of treated water for Total Coliform, Nitrate, pH, Iron and Maganese.
9-Parameter - $140.00
Includes sample collection and analysis of treated water for Total Coliform, Nitrate, pH, Iron, Manganese, Chloride, Sulfate, Surfactants and Total Dissolved Solids.
Lead - $40.00
Includes sample collection and analysis of 1st Draw & Flush treated water samples for lead.

Technical Operations

This section provides the reader with a view of the internal working and protocols of Val Associates.

Sampling Procedures:
Poor sampling protocols can not be overcome at the laboratory. Therefore, Val Associates field technicians work closely with the sample custodian to ensure that all projects are coordinated correctly. Val Associates uses the following publications to ensure that sampling methods and equipment are within current regulatory guidelines: NJDEPE's Field Sampling Procedures Manual, May 1992; EPA/SW - 846, "Test Methods for Evaluation Solid Waste Physical/Chemical Methods", Third Edition, USEPA, 1986; EPA 600-4-82-029, "Handbook for Sampling and Sample Preservation of Water and Wastewater", September 1982. Specific Guidelines for a project for a sample site selection, selection of sampling equipment, types of samples to be collected, standard sample collection procedures, specific maintenance and calibration procedures for sampling equipment and other and other considerations are based upon site specific requirements.

Sample Receipt:
The laboratory sample custodian is responsible for accepting custody of samples from the client. Samples to be submitted must be accompanied by a chain of custody or company letterhead with specific instructions on analysis, QA/QC formats, sample preservation and any other information pertinent to the project. The sample custodian will then check the chain of custody against samples being submitted. At this time any discrepancies will be resolved before samples are accepted. Information such as date and time of acceptance, sample condition, sample temperature, etc. will be noted on the chain of custody.

Samples accepted by the sample custodian are then logged in on the computer, assigned an individual sample number and placed in the appropriate storage area. All refrigerators are kept at 4 Celsius and are monitored daily for temperature.

Sample Analysis:
Each analyst is responsible for obtaining samples and returning them to the proper storage areas. The analyst is required to document all analysis in the various laboratory notebooks, which are dated. Analysis may also be traced through data reporting sheets, extraction logbooks, etc

Analytical Procedures:
Val Associates employs only state and/or EPA approved methods, unless a special request from the client requests otherwise. Analytical methods and Quality Assurance protocols are based on the following technical publications:

EA/SW-846, "Test Methods for Evaluation solid Waste Physical/Chemical Methods", Third Edition, USEPA, 1986;

"Guidelines Establishing test Procedures for the Analysis of Pollutants", Code of Federal Regulations Vol. 40, No. 136;

:"Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater", 14th., 15th and 16th. Editions;

"Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes", EPA 600/4-79-020, March 1983, EMSL;

Data Collection, Validation and Reporting:
The list under Responsibility for Actions taken through the Verification and Validation process are discussed.

  • Analyst - responsible for the actual analyses performed. If several types of analyses are performed there will usually be more than one analyst. The data is documented in a log book and results are entered into the LIMS.
  • Analyst - responsible for verifying that the results on the report are accurate and precise to the raw data and log books that are also checked for accuracy.
  • Word Processor - responsible for printing the report from the LIMS including the results going to the client.
  • QA/QC Manager - responsible for reviewing at least 10% of all project files. He/she is to assure that all steps documented are accomplished as stated. He/she will take corrective action and proceed further with an investigation if protocol is not adhered to.
  • Laboratory Manager - ultimately responsible for assuring that the report going to the client is accurate according to the data provided. Final approval for release of the report from the laboratory is given. The Lab Manager has the authority to designate specified personnel to manage this responsibility.

Analytical data is generated by the GC/MS computer software; the GC software; the ICAP/AA computer; ion chromatograph; and associated laboratory instrumentation. Outputs include identifications of compounds, concentrations, retention times, and comparison to standards. Outputs are in graphic form (chromatograms), bar graph (spectra), and printed tabular form, and are in standard formats specified for each analysis. If incomplete or incorrect outputs are received, corrective actions are taken according to the procedures established for each type of analysis, consistent with manufacturer recommendations.

In the data review process, the data is compared to information such as the sample history, sample preparation, and QC sample data to evaluate the validity of the results. Corrective action is minimized through the development and implementation of routine internal system controls. Analysts are provided with specific criteria that must be met for each procedure, operation or measurement system.

Data Validation includes dated and signed entries by Analysts on worksheets and logbooks used for all samples; the use of sample tracking and numbering systems to tract the progress of samples through the laboratory; and use of quality control criteria to reject or accept specific data. Data validation is documented by having each person who checks output, calculations, units, QC data acceptability, etc., date and sign each document as it is checked.

Steps and checks used to validate precision and accuracy of the measured parameters, and to support the representatives, comparability and completeness include:
  • Description of the calibration performed
  • Description of routine instrument checks (noise level, drift, linearity, etc.)
  • Documentation of the tract ability of instrument standards, samples and data
  • Documentation of analytical methodology and QC methodology
  • Description of the controls taken to determine and minimize interference contaminants in analytical methods (use of reference blanks and check standards for method accuracy and precision)
  • Description of routine maintenance performed; and
  • Documentation of sample preservation and transport when shipped elsewhere

Data Reporting Format:
All laboratory test reports must contain the following information:

  • Complete laboratory identification and certification number
  • Date and time of analysis, sample preparation and sampling
  • Project number or unique identification number
  • Sufficient description of test items(s) or parameter being tested
  • Relevant analytical reference(s) including method numbers
  • Signature of responsible part (Lab Manager or designee)
  • Dilution factors
  • Sample mdl's and
  • Units of quantitative measurement i.e., mg/l.

Reporting Archiving Inorganics - All bench worksheets containing data, calculations and observations shall be bound. Organics - All data, calculations and observations recorded on worksheets shall be inserted into the specific project files of the GC/MS and GC laboratories. Instrument printouts, including qualification reports, integrator peak areas, gravimetric analysis reports and all other computer generated reports shall be filed in the specific project folder.

Calibration and maintenance records for laboratory instruments shall be maintained for the lifetime of the instrument. Records for equipment no longer in use shall be removed form the lab to prevent confusion with active records.

Notebooks shall be labeled with the proper subject and sequence number and shall be kept in the central records area of the lab. When retire, notebooks shall be placed into the inactive storage area. All test reports shall be filed alphabetically according to client name in the test file. LIMS data is backed up on a daily basis and a copy is kept off site. All records are kept for a minimum of 5 years.


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