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May 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 5

June Bloom:

Preparing for Harmful Algal Blooms  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

June of last year proved to be prime time for harmful algal blooms, resulting in major human health, environmental, and economic problems across the country. Despite the historically colder and wetter conditions we’ve experienced so far in 2019, harmful algal blooms are not out of the question if summer conditions prove conducive to cyanobacteria growth.

Cyanobacteria , also known as blue-green algae, are naturally occurring components of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. While algae and cyanobacteria provide aquatic communities with many benefits, as the old saying goes, “everything in moderation.” As temperatures rise and heat up slow-moving water replete with nutrients, these organisms can grow rapidly causing “blooms.” Blooms become problematic because algae and cyanobacteria also produce harmful compounds, such as cyanotoxins and aroma compounds, which pose health risks to humans and animals. When blooms threaten human and environmental health, they are referred to as harmful algal blooms (HABs). The US EPA included nine cyanotoxins in the fourth round of its Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4), in addition to a total microcystin test. The cyanotoxin chemical... (read more)


Moving Pfast:

PFAS Regulatory Update TEAM Event

The Division of Drinking Water recently announced the State Water Resources Control Board’s phased investigation approach to PFAS. It is the intention of the Board to begin the investigation by collecting PFAS detection data at 31 airports and 252 municipal solid waste landfills. These facilities have the potential to impact over 1,320 surrounding drinking water wells and drinking water sources. Further, there is new legislative pressure on the EPA to accelerate its action on PFAS nationwide.

The fact is PFAS regulation is moving fast, which is why Babcock Labs invites you to learn more at its next TEAM Event on June 20th, 2019. This TEAM Event will feature regulatory updates from Jeff O’Keefe (Division of Drinking Water, SWRCB), as well as monitoring and treatment insights from Rob Little (Woodard & Curran).

We look forward to seeing you on June 20th for this topical and informative event! Register now


Cleaning Up Its Act:

Will California Pass a Clean Water Tax?

Approximately 1 million Californians currently struggle to access safe and affordable drinking water due to water agencies that are out of compliance with state standards on contamination levels or treatment techniques. Though not a new problem, new legislative attempts at the state Capitol endeavor to establish a fund for small water agencies unable to provide customers with clean drinking water because of the high treatment costs. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

“But several hurdles remain before the June 15 deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget — most precariously, a resistance among lawmakers to tax millions of residential water users and others while California enjoys a surplus of more than $21 billion.

Activists and Gov. Gavin Newsom have pushed to establish a dedicated clean-water fee on customers and agribusiness that would not be at risk of cuts if the economy sours. Many lawmakers, however, prefer that the money come from the state’s general fund, not another tax. (read more

The original, unabridged version of this story was authored by Alexei Koseff and published by The SF Chronicle.


In Case You Missed It:

 

California's Phased Investigation Approach to PFAS (read more)

California Bans Chlorpyrifos Pesticide (read more)

Stricter Groundwater Testing Targets E.coli (read more)

On Tap in CA: PFAS Liability & Regulation (read more)

CA Snowpack Packs a Punch (read more)

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality (read more)

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is
CA ELAP accredited
to perform all 14 analytes for
EPA Method 537 Rev 1.1


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Wastewater Analysis
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6/9-12  AWWA ACE19 - Denver, CO
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Apr 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 4

Regulatory Update:

California's Phased Investigation Approach to PFAS  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Last month the Division of Drinking Water and the Division of Water Quality announced the State Water Resources Control Board’s phased investigation approach to PFAS. It is the intention of the Board to begin the investigation by collecting PFAS detection data at 31 airports and 252 municipal solid waste landfills. These facilities have the potential to impact over 1,320 surrounding drinking water wells and drinking water sources.

The next phase of the investigation will be directed at potential manufacturing facilities: primary manufacturing facilities; refineries, bulk terminals, and other non-airport fire training areas; and 2017-2018 urban wildfire areas. The third phase of the investigation will be secondary manufacturing sites where PFAS may be used, domestic wells, and wastewater treatment and pre-treatment plants.

The State is planning to tackle regulation of PFAS in California in 2020 with possible adjustment to the Notification Levels (NLs) announced last July and the OEHHA Public Health Goals (PHGs), as well as establishment of Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and a response strategy to PFAS detections. (read more)


Pests Aside:

California Looks to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

A California Senate bill aiming to ban the use of a broad-spectrum pesticide passed the Health committee this month and will now be heard in the committee for Environmental Quality. The pesticide, chlorpyrifos, kills insects on contact by attacking their nervous systems. Unfortunately, it also has harmful effects on human neurodevelopment, which is why Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, proposed the bill.

Several epidemiological studies have linked prenatal exposure of chlorpyrifos to lower birth weights, lower IQs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other developmental issues—including autism—in children. In fact, under a proposal put forth by the Obama Administration, the U.S. EPA was set to completely ban chlorpyrifos, but in 2017 the ban was halted by then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt who claimed understanding of the neurodevelopmental effects remained unresolved. Not only did the EPA halt the ban, the agency is currently fighting a recent 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order to take the pesticide off the market. These actions have confused many, including Aseem Prakash, the director of the Center for Environmental Politics at the University of Washington.

"The EPA is contradicting the findings of its own scientists," said Prakash.

Despite the EPA’s choice to defend the use of chlorpyrifos, California is considering moving forward... (read more


Clean & Green:

Stricter Groundwater Testing Targets E.coli

Monterey County growers face new water-testing regulations that hope to lessen risk of an E. coli outbreak like the one that hit the more-than-$600 million romaine lettuce industry last year.

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) Board of Directors voted Friday to strengthen testing requirements on both surface water and groundwater to prevent another E. coli outbreak. Last year's outbreak sickened dozens and sideswiped the industry in 2018.

While LGMA already incorporated water testing, these new regulations have significantly lowered the rate of bacteria available in water, said CEO Scott Horsfall.

"We always had water testing, but it was a one-size-fits all," Horsfall said.

These more stringent standards came in direct response to outbreaks of the past year in both California and in Yuma, Ariz, where federal testing found the deadly bacteria... (read more

This story was authored by Kate Cimini and originally published by The Californian.


In Case You Missed It:

 

Does CA Really Deserve a C+ for Lead Testing in Schools? (read more)

Pulling Water Out of Thin Air for World Water Day (read more)

Cities Leading the Way on Water Reuse (read more)

On Tap in CA: PFAS Liability & Regulation (read more)

CA Snowpack Packs a Punch (read more)

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality (read more)

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is
CA ELAP accredited
to perform all 14 analytes for
EPA Method 537 Rev 1.1


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Field Services 
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Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
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Keep an eye out for our
next TEAM Event on
everything PFAS!
Tentatively scheduled
for June 20, 2019  

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May
5/7-10 ACWA Spring Conference - Monterey, CA
5/29 ICWA Vendor Fair - San Bernardino, CA* 
 

June
6/9-12  AWWA ACE19 - Denver, CO
6/20 (tentative) Babcock Labs TEAM Event on PFAS - Riverside, CA***

 


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PFAS Regulatory Action is Underway

Both the U.S. EPA and California State Water Resources Control Board have identified Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as posing a significant threat to the environment and public health. Both agencies have recently released their respective regulatory action plans to combat PFAS contamination. 

The California Water Boards list Babcock Labs as one of the only laboratories accredited to analyze for PFAS in drinking water by EPA Method 537 Rev. 1.1. Babcock Labs' testing capabilities also include the 18 target analytes for EPA Method 537.1, as well as other methods required for non-potable sources.

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Mar 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 3

Making the Grade:

Does CA Really Deserve a C+ for Lead Testing in Schools?  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Lead testing was in the mainstream news yet again this month after a report gave California a “C+” for its policies to protect children from lead in drinking water at school. In fairness to California, it was one of the only states to receive a “passing” grade, as 22 of the 32 states analyzed received an “F” grade. If you’re a parent like me, however, you probably feel like a C+ report card is hardly worth celebrating—quite the opposite, in fact, if it concerns protecting my children’s health.

But what exactly did the report base its assessment on? According to the creators of the report, the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund, “more than 400 schools in California have found lead in the water at concentrations of 5 parts per billion (ppb) or greater.” Despite the fact that the EPA Action Level (AL) for lead in drinking water is 15 ppb, the report argued that this AL is not low enough, citing pediatric recommendations of 1ppb. Other areas where California lost significant points included so-called “get the lead out” steps and testing protocols, though the state did receive some bonus points for its proactive removal of lead service lines system wide.

What may be a more apt assessment of our state’s protection of school children, however, is our progress with the lead policies currently in place. In January of 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) announced its lead testing program... (read more)


Pulling Water Out of Thin Air:

Solution to the Global Water Crisis?

March 22nd marked World Water Day, an annual United Nations observance aimed at tackling the global water crisis. This year’s theme, “leaving no one behind,” focused specifically on U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6: access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

Is there really a global water crisis? Yes. California can certainly attest to it, along with over 40 countries currently experiencing increased water stress and risk of source depletion. According to the U.N., “by 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.” To prevent one fourth of the world’s population from this horrific fate, the U.N. has identified the need to invest in water infrastructure, sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene education, as well as protect and restore water-related ecosystems. More developed countries have also identified the key role water technology and innovation must play in this global mission.

With the wide-spread scarcity of safe drinking water supplies, one might wish it were possible to pull water out of thin air—and that’s exactly what one company has done. (read more


Sustainability Spotlight:

Cities Leading the Way on Water Reuse

From the desert to the sea, California cities are tackling the problem of limited water supply with recycling and reuse solutions.

In San Diego County, the City of Oceanside will break ground this Fall on a new facility that will “purify recycled water to create a new, local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof, and environmentally sound,” according to the City’s website. The facility, which will sit next to the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility, will use “state-of-the-art water purification steps that replicate and accelerate nature’s natural recycling processes” to generate between 3 and 5 million gallons of water per day, according to ABC 10 News . The City believes this move will be monumental in helping Oceanside control its own water destiny.

With similar intentions to control its own destiny, the mountainous City of Tehachapi in Kern County is... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

On Tap in CA: PFAS Liability & Regulation (read more)

CA Snowpack Packs a Punch (read more)

Who Suffers from a Shutdown? (read more)

The Future Looks Bright: SISTERS Visit Babcock Labs (read more)

Year in Review: Key Issues of 2018 (read more)

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality (read more)

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is
CA ELAP accredited
to perform all 14 analytes for
EPA Method 537 Rev 1.1


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Scott Dallas 
Business Development Associate
951-653-3351 x 262
sdallas@babcocklabs.com


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Please note that Babcock Labs strictly adheres to sample acceptance criteria, pursuant to Standard Methods and regulatory requirements.
Learn more

 

 

Keep an eye out for our
next TEAM Event on
PFAS (PFOA/PFOS)!  

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April
4/4-5 California Water Policy Conference - San Diego, CA
4/9-12 CWEA Annual Conference - Palm Springs, CA** Booth 925
May
5/7-10 ACWA Spring Conference - Monterey, CA

 


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Feb 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 2

On Tap in CA:

PFAS Liability & Regulation  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

This month the EPA released its Action Plan for PFAS regulation. The plan, which proposes greater research efforts and further work toward formal regulatory action, has been criticized by environmental groups, residents of contaminated communities, and some lawmakers who say it lacks clear, immediate action. The EPA, however, asserts that the agency is “taking a proactive, cross-agency approach” and that its Action Plan “outlines concrete steps the agency is taking to address PFAS and to protect public health.”

The Action Plan, which was promised last year by former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, proposes some key action items including regulatory action for drinking water; more research into PFAS toxicity, treatment and remediation, and testing methodology; more targeted monitoring under the next round of UCMR; clarifying cleanup strategies through hazardous substance designation and interim groundwater recommendations; consideration of the addition of PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory and rules; and the development of a risk communication toolbox to use with the public.

The issue of PFAS pollution has gained more urgency in recent years, due in large part to UCMR 3 data revealing its national prevalence and a recent report from the CDC suggesting current health advisories may not be strict enough to address serious public health risks. In the midst of growing local concern and the delay of federal action, some states have taken it upon themselves to limit the use of two of the most persistent and dangerous PFAS compounds: Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). While New Jersey has set enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA and PFOS at 14 parts per trillion (ppt) and 13 ppt respectively, California has taken a slightly different approach that includes PFAS liability implications for... (read more)


Snowpack Packs a Punch:

Is it Enough to Defeat the Drought?

California’s snowpack is now over 136% of normal and rising, with more snow expected this weekend. This is quite a jump from the beginning of the year when the State’s snowpack was at 67%.

The atmospheric rivers responsible for all this heavy snow and rainfall have been a welcome reprieve for a state long mired in serious drought. Once depleted water supplies are slowly but surely being replenished.

Despite the fact that much of the state is currently out of drought, it is important to note that groundwater basin replenishment from snowpack... (read more


Last Chance to Attend:

Registration Ends Today for Special TEAM Event on Cannabis Effects on Wastewater

Today is the last day to register for Babcock Lab’s special TEAM Event exploring the cannabis industry’s effects on wastewater.

The event will take place Thursday, March 7th, at our conference facilities in Riverside and will feature a panel of guests who will provide key insight into current and future cannabis industry effects on wastewater treatment.

Learn more about this special TEAM Event!

Register now 


In Case You Missed It:

 

Who Suffers from a Shutdown? (read more)

The Future Looks Bright: SISTERS Visit Babcock Labs (read more)

Year in Review: Key Issues of 2018 (read more)

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality (read more)

It's Not the Lettuce, It's the Water: Romain Recall Sheds Light on Ag Water Quality (read more)

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more)

PFOA & PFOS: Not Why, But How? (read more)

Cultivating Conservation: Winning Strategies for Water Agencies (read more)

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

 

Babcock Labs is CA ELAP
accredited to perform
EPA Method 537


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
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Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Scott Dallas 
Business Development Associate
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sdallas@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 

 

 

Please note that Babcock Labs strictly adheres to sample acceptance criteria, pursuant to Standard Methods and regulatory requirements.
Learn more

 

Getting Into the Weeds: 
Babcock Labs will hold
its next TEAM Event,
"Wasted: Cannabis
Industry Effects on
Wastewater" on March 7th.  
Register Now

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March
3/6 State Water Resources Control Board Public Meeting on PFAS - Sacramento, CA
3/7 Babcock Labs' TEAM Event "Wasted: Cannabis Industry Effects on Wastewater" - Riverside, CA***
3/17-19 WateReuse CA Annual Conference - Garden Grove, CA
3/25-28 CA-NV AWWA Spring Conference - Monterey, CA
3/26-28 ACIL P2 Meeting  - Washington, DC* 
3/29 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference - Fullerton, CA** 

April
4/4-5 California Water Policy Conference - San Diego, CA
4/9-12 CWEA Annual Conference - Palm Springs, CA** Booth 925

 


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Jan 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 1

Who Suffers from a Shutdown?

Hint: It's Not Politicians  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

The longest government shutdown in American history is over—at least for the next three weeks. While this comes as a relief to some 800,000 furloughed federal workers headed back to work this week, the Congressional Budget Office says the shutdown cost the U.S. economy an unrecoverable $3 billion. For many, the ripple effects of this shutdown will continue to be felt.

Who suffers from a shutdown? Our businesses and economy certainly suffer, putting strain on the average American’s earnings. But a shutdown doesn’t just harm our pockets—it harms our health and communities.

One of the federal agencies impacted by this shutdown was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As the New York Times reported at the beginning of the month, the EPA “furloughed most of its roughly 600 pollution inspectors and other workers who monitor compliance with environmental laws. Those scientists, engineers and analysts are responsible for detecting violations that endanger human health…” Indeed, the environmental laws we have in place are there for very good reason. Perhaps due to the success of the EPA people do not recall what life was like before the agency was formed to administer federal environmental regulations. Perhaps people do not remember when factories dumped waste directly into waterways, children endured smog that impacted their respiratory health and lifespan, neighborhoods were built on top of toxic waste dumps, and rivers literally burned. If that America is hard to imagine... (read more)


Wasted:

Cannabis Industry Effects on Wastewater

A year after the start of recreational sales of marijuana, California has seen a steady uptick in grow facilities. Unlike cannabis farms where the agricultural runoff impacts groundwater, Southern California growers rely heavily on indoor grow facilities that discharge into the sewer system. This poses new challenges for local wastewater treatment plants.

Babcock Labs invites you to get into the weeds of the cannabis industry’s impact on wastewater at its next TEAM Event on March 7th, 2019. This special TEAM Event will feature a panel of guests who will share their experiences and provide key insight into current and future effects on wastewater treatment.

We look forward to seeing you at this informative event! Register Now 


The Future Looks Bright:

SISTERS Visit Babcock Labs

The future looks bright! How do we know? This month Babcock Labs hosted local middle school students who toured our facilities and learned about environmental testing careers. These future scientists and engineers are part of the Success in Science & Technology: Engagement with Role-models (SISTERS) program.

The goal of SISTERS is to engage middle school girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and provide mentors who will help prepare them to pursue a career in one of the STEM fields. The program is a partnership between UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (UCR CNAS), Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), and the City of Riverside Citizens Science Committee.

Approximately 30 middle schoolers funneled into the Babcock Labs conference room on January 16th, where they were welcomed by... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Year in Review: Key Issues of 2018 (read more)

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality (read more)

It's Not the Lettuce, It's the Water: Romain Recall Sheds Light on Ag Water Quality (read more)

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more)

PFOA & PFOS: Not Why, But How? (read more)

Cultivating Conservation: Winning Strategies for Water Agencies (read more)

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

 

Reminder: Babcock Labs
will be closed on
Monday, February 18th
in observance of
Presidents' Day


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Getting Into the Weeds: 
Babcock Labs will hold
its next TEAM Event,
"Wasted: Cannabis
Industry Effects on
Wastewater" on March 7th.  
Register Now

_____________________



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February
2/8 Deadline for Comment Submission on ELAP Regulations
2/11-12 AGWA - AGWT Annual Groundwater Conference - Ontario, CA
2/11-13 CWEA - P3S - Monterey, CA
2/26 Riverside County Garden in Every School  - Chino, CA 

March
3/7 Babcock Labs' TEAM Event "Wasted: Cannabis Industry Effects on Wastewater" - Riverside, CA***
3/17-19 WateReuse CA Annual Conference - Garden Grove, CA
3/25-28 CA-NV AWWA Spring Conference - Monterey, CA
3/26-28 ACIL P2 Meeting  - Washington, DC* 
3/29 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference - Fullerton, CA** 

 


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Holiday 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 11

Year in Review:

Key Issues of 2018  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

As we prepare to welcome 2019, I find it important to reflect on some of the key industry issues of 2018 as they provide a prelude to the focal-points and challenges our industry is sure to experience in the New Year.

January: Lead Testing in Schools

At the beginning of the year, industry focus was on lead testing in schools to protect children’s health. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) partnered with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on a webinar concerning AB 746, which requires community water systems to test lead levels in the drinking water of schools that were constructed before 2010. The webinar also addressed requirements for lead-testing-related bills SB 1398 and SB 427. Testing for lead in drinking water, particularly in schools, was a major topic of concern for 2018 and will likely resurge in 2019, as regulatory deadlines approach.

February: 1,2,3-TCP Monitoring & Permanent Water Restrictions

1,2,3-TCP testing was also a hot button industry issue at the beginning of the year, as state-mandated quarterly monitoring under the new California MCL of five parts per trillion (ppt) commenced. Babcock Labs played an integral role in helping local water systems comply with 1,2,3-TCP monitoring regulations this year, as a number of other laboratories lacked accreditation or adequate capacity.

In February the State Board considered reinstating and making permanent many of the water restrictions that California enacted during the recent five-year dry spell. Despite some water agencies’ concerns over the state’s authority to impose permanent restrictions (read more)


When the Smoke Clears:

Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities' Water Quality

On November 8th, 2018, a fire started near Camp Creek Road in Butte County, California. Over the next 17 days that fire would ravage 153,336 acres of land, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, and the sixth deadliest U.S. wildfire in recorded history. Five hundred miles south on November 8th, another fire started in Woolsey Canyon between Los Angeles and Ventura counties, ultimately engulfing 96,949 acres over the next 13 days. By the time both fires were completely contained, 89 people had lost their lives, tens of thousands of people had lost their homes and businesses, and the people of Paradise had lost their entire town.

It is impossible to overstate the tragedy of the Camp and Woolsey fires. The road to recovery will be a long, expensive, and painful one and, unfortunately, rebuilding is only the first of many costs. In addition to the obvious aftermath of a wildfire, there is a subtle yet salient issue these communities will now face: tainted water quality. (read more)


It's Not the Lettuce, It's the Water:

Romaine Recall Sheds Light on Ag Water Quality

Thanksgiving this year was salad-less, thanks to a nation-wide romaine lettuce recall on November 20th. And while many Americans were probably more than happy to have more room on their plates for stuffing and gravy, the E. coli outbreak that prompted the recall was rather dire. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called on consumers to throw away all romaine lettuce following 32 confirmed cases of E. coli bacteria poisoning in 11 U.S. states and Canada.

Recall attention focused on the produce itself, but throwing the lettuce away was merely a temporary solution to our seemingly ever-present food safety issues. If we wish to prevent foodborne illnesses, the real culprit that must be dealt with is deficient agricultural water quality. (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Babcock Labs is a 2018 Top Workplace! (read more)

ESOP Month: Babcock Labs Celebrates Being Employee Owned (read more)

Toilet-to-Tap: Babcock Labs Sponsors CUC Breakfast on Recycled Water (read more)

PFOA & PFOS: Not Why, But How? (read more)

Cultivating Conservation: Winning Strategies for Water Agencies (read more)

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid (read more)

From the Ashes: Wildfire Effects on Water Quality (read more) 

June Bloom: Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise (learn more) PFAS Report Released: New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns (read more)

Babcock Labs in the Community (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

 

Reminder: Babcock Labs
will be closed on
Tuesday, December 25th
in observance of the
Christmas holiday and on
Tuesday, January 1st
in observance of the
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Getting Into the Weeds: 
Babcock Labs will hold
its next TEAM Event,
"Wasted: Cannabis
Industry Effects on
Wastewater" in February.
Exact date TBD.  
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January
1/23-25 CASA Winter Conference - Indian Wells, CA
1/30 Understanding Climate Change in California - Lemoore, CA 

February
TBD Babcock Labs' TEAM Event "Wasted: Cannabis Industry Effects on Wastewater" - Riverside, CA***
2/11-12 AGWA - AGWT Annual Groundwater Conference - Ontario, CA
2/11-13 CWEA - P3S - Monterey, CA
2/26 Riverside County Garden in Every School  - Chino, CA 

 


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October 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 10

Winter Forecast:

A Strong Chance of El Niño  

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Weather experts say the conditions are ripe for a winter El Niño that would bring rain to the south and above-average temperatures to the north.

As Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, Mike Halpert, explained, “We expect El Niño to be in place in late fall to early winter. Although a weak El Niño is expected, it may still influence the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the southern United States, and warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North.”

When it comes to which southwestern states can expect a winter downpour, however, California does not quite make the cut. Weather models predict that drought conditions are likely to persist across portions of the central Great Basin, the central Rockies, and Southern California, despite the very bottom of the State making it into the “wetter than normal” predictions.

So what does a mild El Niño that may barely touch California mean? (read more)


ESOP Month:

Babcock Labs Celebrates Employee Ownership

October is associated with jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins, and pumpkin spice… everything. But for the laboratory professionals at Babcock Labs, October is also associated with employee ownership!

October is national Employee Ownership Month. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, Babcock Labs celebrates with month-long events focused on ownership education and team pride. Events include a company breakfast, puzzles and games, and “Prideday Fridays” where staff members wear gear that reps their alma maters, favorite sports teams, organizations they support in the local community, and, of course, our Babcock family of employee owners. Throughout the fun, staff learn about our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and the many benefits and responsibilities of employee ownership.

As an ESOP, employees have stock in the company which in turn gives our staff greater incentive to provide our clients with exceptional analytical testing services... (read more)


Drinking Water Workshop:

Join Us on November 15th

Babcock Labs will hold its semi-annual Drinking Water Workshop on Thursday, November 15th. To register, click here. For more information about what the workshop entails, read below:

It is challenging for any sample technician or operator to take a valid sample without first understanding the “why” and “how” behind the drinking water sample. Proper drinking water sampling requires thorough training, extensive knowledge, appropriate resources, and up-to-date techniques. These elements are vital if an organization wishes to maintain scientific integrity and receive data of known and documented quality from its laboratory.

Because this information is so valuable to your organization’s endeavor to protect the public health, Babcock Laboratories has created a Drinking Water Workshop tailored to meet the needs of your staff. The workshop includes... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Toilet-to-Tap: Babcock Labs Sponsors CUC Breakfast on Recycled Water (read more)

PFOA & PFOS: Not Why, But How? (read more)

Cultivating Conservation: Winning Strategies for Water Agencies (read more)

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid (read more)

From the Ashes: Wildfire Effects on Water Quality (read more) 

June Bloom: Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise (learn more) PFAS Report Released: New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns (read more)

Babcock Labs in the Community (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

 


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November
11/6-10 SupplySide West - Las Vegas, NV
11/7-9 NWRA 87th Annual Conference - Coronado, CA
11/27-30 ACWA Fall Conference - San Diego, CA* Booth #506 

 


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September 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 9

PFOA & PFOS:

Not Why, But How? 

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

The concern over polyfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and PFOS is clear—what is less clear is how we will be testing for them.

Currently, there is no fully validated, approved EPA method to detect polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in non-drinking water matrices at either the State or Federal level, despite recent State guidelines and EPA health advisories. Even in regard to drinking water, things are a bit murky. The U.S. EPA authorized EPA method 537 for select PFAS analysis in drinking water under the third round of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule program (UCMR 3). However, the EPA’s drinking water program does not have any requirements for post-UCMR monitoring since PFOA, PFOS, and the other UCMR target analytes are not yet regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Similarly, California has not previously offered accreditation for PFAS, and therefore no laboratory is currently certified by California ELAP to perform the analysis.

This does not mean laboratories are completely without accreditation. For example, Babcock Labs is accredited to perform EPA method 537 in drinking water under its NELAP accreditation through the state of Oregon (ORELAP). Babcock Labs was also one of the limited number of EPA approved laboratories under UCMR 3, and therefore has extensive experience with PFAS determination.

At Babcock Labs’ recent TEAM Event, esteemed guest Christine Sotelo, Chair of CA ELAP, mentioned that ELAP has begun accepting data package submissions for PFOA/PFOS accreditation... (read more)


Cultivating Conservation:

Winning Strategies for Water Agencies

California water agencies face increasing pressure to promote and implement sustainable water conservation practices. But as the old saying goes, “old habits die hard.” So what motivates people to use less water?

New information from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) may provide important insight into this question.

Dr. Katrina Jessoe, a professor and economist at UC Davis and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center’s research network, is one of the researchers studying water conservation messaging to determine what strategies are most effective in motivating consumers to use less water. Her research team partnered with a municipally-owned water and electric utility to see how people would respond to... (read more)


Groundwater Exchange:

New Website Provides SGMA Resources 

California water agencies and communities have a new resource for groundwater management information and tools.

Groundwater Exchange, a website located at www.groundwaterexchange.org, describes itself as “a free, collaborative online resource for connecting water managers, water users, and community members to support the design and implementation of effective Groundwater Sustainability Plans under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).” The website was created by Maven’s Notebook in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West (WitW) to serve as a central hub of science-based information related to SGMA.

“Information about SGMA is currently spread across dozens of different websites,” said Christina Babbitt, senior manager of EDF’s California Groundwater Program. “With the Groundwater Exchange, we’re consolidating that information onto one website where communities across California can learn more about the law and become more engaged in issues related... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid (read more)

From the Ashes: Wildfire Effects on Water Quality (read more)

Regulatory Update: New Guidelines for PFOA & PFOS (read more)

The Future Landscape for Science: 2018 Environmental Symposium (read more

June Bloom: Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise (learn more) PFAS Report Released: New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns (read more)

Leaders in the Industry: Babcock Labs Addresses Regulatory Issues (read more)

Babcock Labs in theCommunity (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

 


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HEAT ADVISORY:
All UCMR 4 clients are reminded to submit
samples on ice to meet sample temperature acceptance criteria!

 

Please note that Babcock Labs strictly adheres to sample acceptance criteria, pursuant to Standard Methods and regulatory requirements.
Learn more

 

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October
10/2-5 ACIL Annual Meeting - San Antonio, TX
10/16 ACWA Regulatory Summit - Sacramento, CA
10/15-17 CASQA Annual Conference - Riverside, CA (Booth #26)*
10/22-25 CA-NV AWWA Fall Conference - Rancho Mirage, CA (Booth #301)*
10/25-26 Tribal Water Summit - Phoenix, AZ

November
11/7-9 NWRA 87th Annual Conference - Coronado, CA
11/27-30 ACWA Fall Conference - San Diego, CA 

 


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August 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 8

Back to School:

Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Last week, drinking water fixtures at Grant Union High School in Sacramento were shut off after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in the water.

Grant Union High School is not the first school to experience risky lead levels in its drinking water; it is merely the most recent. The water quality issues the Sacramento school is experiencing should serve as a wake-up call to all California schools, the vast majority of which have yet to take advantage of the State Water Resource Control Board’s lead testing program for schools.

In January of last year, the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) announced the program, which encourages California schools to work with their local water providers to sample for the presence of lead in their drinking water. Under this program, if a K-12 school official requests lead testing its public water system is responsible for collecting water samples within 90 days of the request, having the samples analyzed by an ELAP-accredited laboratory, and reporting the results to the school within two business days of receiving the results—all free of charge to the school . The water system is required to collect up to 5 samples at each school requesting assistance.

However, 67% of the State’s 1,026 school districts have not taken advantage of the testing program to determine whether or not their water fixtures are delivering unsafe levels of lead to students and school staff... (read more)


From the Ashes:

Wildfire Effects on Water Quality

A parched preceding year paired with exceptionally hot summer months set California up for a disastrous and historic 2018 fire season. So far in 2018, Cal Fire has recorded over 876,400 acres burned. That’s more than four times the acreage burned compared to this time last year, which Cal Fire reported as just over 228,800 acres.

It is obvious that these fires are a threat to people, wildlife, structures, and our heroic firefighters, but what is less obvious is the danger they pose to our water quality.

California’s forests supply more than 60 percent of the State’s water. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), “wildfires can compromise water quality both during active burning and for months and years after the fire has been contained.” While the fire is raging, ash can settle on lakes and reservoirs used for drinking water supplies. But even after the fire is extinguished, storms can further contaminate water supplies... (read more)


What's on Tap in California?

Attend the Next TEAM Event to Find Out! 

Babcock Labs will hold its next TEAM Event on Thursday, September 20th. To register, click here.

Attendees will hear from experts at the State’s Division of Drinking Water: Christine Sotelo (Chief, CA ELAP) and Sean McCarthy (Section Chief, South Coast Section).

Ms. Sotelo will provide an update on CA ELAP’s transformation initiatives, in addition to efforts to adopt laboratory standards into the California Code of Regulations. Mr. McCarthy will discuss the Division’s regulatory priorities for 2018, including the new notification levels for PFOA and PFOS, the 1,2,3-TCP MCL, and the latest developments on Lead and Copper, such as lead sampling in schools.

We look forward to seeing you on September 20th for this informative event! Register now.


In Case You Missed It:

 

Regulatory Update: New Guidelines for PFOA & PFOS (read more)

The Future Landscape for Science: 2018 Environmental Symposium (read more

June Bloom: Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise (learn more) PFAS Report Released: New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns (read more)

Leaders in the Industry: Babcock Labs Addresses Regulatory Issues (read more)

Babcock Labs in theCommunity (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

Reminder: Babcock Labs
will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in
observance of Labor Day
 


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Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
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Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
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Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 

HEAT ADVISORY:
All UCMR 4 clients are reminded to submit
samples on ice to meet sample temperature acceptance criteria!

 

Please note that Babcock Labs strictly adheres to sample acceptance criteria, pursuant to Standard Methods and regulatory requirements.
Learn more

 

UCMR 4 Webinar Interest:
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attend one of our UCMR 4 Workshops? Let us know
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September
9/13 SCWUA Vendors Fair - Irwindale, CA
9/20 Babcock Labs TEAM Event - Riverside, CA***
9/24-27 34th Annual Tri-State Seminar - Las Vegas, NV (Booth #1420)*
9/25-27  GRA 1st Annual Western Groundwater Congress - Sacramento, CA

October
10/2-5 ACIL Annual Meeting - San Antonio, TX
10/16 ACWA Regulatory Summit - Sacramento, CA
10/15-17 CASQA Annual Conference - Riverside, CA (Booth #26)*
10/22-25 CA-NV AWWA Fall Conference - Rancho Mirage, CA (Booth #301)*
10/25-26 Tribal Water Summit - Phoenix, AZ

 


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July 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 7

Regulatory Update:

New Guidelines for PFOA & PFOS

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

The State Water Resources Control Board has established new drinking water guidelines for local water agencies in regard to two Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) substances: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

The Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) set interim Drinking Water Notification Levels of 14 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and 13 ppt for PFOS. Additionally, the DDW has established an interim Response Level of 70 ppt for the total combined concentration of PFOA and PFOS, consistent with the USEPA’s health advisory level established in 2016.

PFAS—also known as Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)—are a diverse group of manufactured compounds frequently used as surfactants in industrial, consumer, military, and firefighting applications across the United States, such as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) firefighting products, textiles, and pesticides. PFOA and PFOS are fully fluorinated organic compounds that are particularly resistant to degradation. What’s more, they are among the PFAS compounds identified as posing health risks... (read more)


The Future Landscape of Science:

2018 Environmental Measurement Symposium

Next month representatives from Babcock Laboratories will head to NOLA to attend the annual NEMC/TNI Environmental Measurement Symposium.

The weeklong conference will include 180 oral and poster presentations in 27 technical sessions, five keynote speakers, a technology showcase, and a plenary session on the conference’s theme, “The Future Landscape for Science.”

The conference will be attended by Babcock Labs’ Vice President & Laboratory Director, Brad Meadows, and Quality Assurance Manager, Stacey Fry. Mr. Meadows and Ms. Fry look forward to learning more about the forthcoming changes to The NELAC Institute’s (TNI) National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) so that they can ensure successful implementation at Babcock Labs.

“Our participation in the Environmental Measurement Symposium ensures that Babcock Labs is up-to-speed on possible solutions to technical challenges facing our industry,” said Mr. Meadows. “And as a commercial laboratory with clients who rely on our data to protect public health and the environment... (read more)


On Tap in California:

Updates from the Division of Drinking Water 

Babcock Labs will hold its next TEAM Event on Thursday, September 20th. To register, click here. For more information about the seminar, read below:

As the summer heats up, you can be sure Californians have one thing on their minds: water. Yes, of course we're thinking about the beach and the pool, but as we slip back into drought conditions, drinking water is also top of mind. What is California doing to help water agencies ensure that drinking water is safe and plentiful?

Babcock Laboratories invites you to gain answers to this important question and others at our September TEAM Event! (read more)


In Case You Missed It:

 

June Bloom: Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise (learn more)

PFAS Report Released: New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns (read more)

Leaders in the Industry: Babcock Labs Addresses Regulatory Issues (read more)

Babcock Labs in theCommunity (read more)Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

 


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 

HEAT ADVISORY:
All UCMR 4 clients are reminded to submit
samples on ice to meet sample temperature acceptance criteria!

 

Please note that Babcock Labs strictly adheres to sample acceptance criteria, pursuant to Standard Methods and regulatory requirements.
Learn more

 

UCMR 4 Webinar Interest:
Have you been unable to
attend one of our UCMR 4 Workshops? Let us know
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August
8/6-10 NEMC/TNI Environmental Measurement Symposium - New Orleans, LA*
8/8-10 CASA 63rd Annual Conference - Monterey, CA
8/10 San Bernardino County Water Conference - Ontario, CA**
8/23 CWEA DAMS Vendor Fair & Air Pack Derby - Big Bear, CA

September
9/13 SCWUA Vendors Fair - Irwindale, CA
9/20 Babcock Labs TEAM Event - Riverside, CA***
9/24-27 34th Annual Tri-State Seminar - Las Vegas, NV*
9/25-27  GRA 1st Annual Western Groundwater Congress - Sacramento, CA

 


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June 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 6

June Bloom:

Harmful Algal Blooms on the Rise

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Diamond Valley Lake in Riverside County is one of the most recent victims of harmful algal blooms, demonstrating that current conditions are ideal for rapid cyanobacterial growth.

The algal bloom – one of the largest ever seen at the lake since 2003 – caused Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to close the lake to all recreational activities on June 21st due to concerns over high cyanobacteria counts.

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are naturally occurring components of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. While algae and cyanobacteria provide aquatic communities with many benefits, as the old saying goes, “everything in moderation.” Under certain conditions, these organisms can grow rapidly causing “blooms.” Blooms become problematic because algae and cyanobacteria also produce harmful compounds, such as cyanotoxins and aroma compounds, which pose health risks to humans and animals. When blooms threaten human and environmental health, they are referred to as harmful algal blooms... (read more)


PFAS Report Released:

New CDC Data Intensifies Drinking Water Concerns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an 852-page review of the health risks of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The study suggests that current health advisories for PFAS, established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), may not be strict enough to address serious public health risks.

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)—also known as Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)—are a diverse group of manufactured compounds frequently used as surfactants in industrial, consumer, military, and firefighting applications across the United States, such as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) firefighting products, textiles, carpeting, metal plating, paper food packaging, cleaning products, coating additives, and pesticides.

PFAS compounds exhibit distinctive chemical characteristics that make them stable in the environment and resistant to degradation, allowing them to bioaccumulate in soil, sediment, groundwater, and animal tissue over time. Two types of PFAS are particularly persistent: Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOS and PFOA are fully fluorinated organic compounds which happen... (read more)


Leaders in the Industry:

Babcock Labs Addresses Regulatory Issues 

Next month Babcock Laboratories will help address regulatory issues on Capitol Hill and in Sacramento.

On Wednesday, July 18th, Babcock Labs’ Laboratory Director & Vice President, Brad Meadows, will speak before U.S. representatives in a Congressional Briefing on protecting public health, safety, and the environment. The briefing, sponsored by Congressman Moolenaar, will be presented by the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), of which Babcock Labs is a member . The topics on which Mr. Meadows will speak include the advancement of green chemistry and new technology through industry collaboration with EPA, as well as protecting our drinking water supply and tracking unregulated contaminants. Other topics to be addressed during the briefing include the invaluable role commercial laboratories play in preserving and protecting the nation’s food supply and safety and supporting adequate supplies of critical medicines.

Concurrently, Babcock Labs’ CEO & President, Allison Mackenzie, will attend the July 18th meeting of the Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (ELTAC) in Sacramento... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Innovation in the Community: Poly High Wins MWD Solar Cup (read more)

EPA Extends WIFIA Deadline (read more)

May: Water Awareness Month (read more)

Babcock Labs in the Community (learn more)

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

 

Reminder: Babcock Labs
will be closed on July 4th in
observance of Independence Day
 


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Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
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July 
7/8-11 IAFP Annual Meeting – Salt Lake City, UT

August
8/6-10 NEMC Environmental Measurement Symposium - New Orleans, LA
8/8-10 CASA 63rd Annual Conference - Monterey, CA
8/10 San Bernardino County Water Conference - Ontario, CA**

 


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May 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 5

Water Awareness Month:

May We All Play Our Part 

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

May is Water Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to remind our community about the importance of water conservation.

As you know, California is still in the throws of a historic drought. While the State Water Resources Control Board considers permanent water restrictions, there are other steps residents can take to help conserve this precious resource.

Historically, in May as the thermometer begins to jump up, so does water use. Of that water used, "as much as 70 percent... is for outdoor uses such as watering lawns, washing cars and cleaning driveways and patios," according to a recent press release from the Inland Empire Utilities Agency... (read more)


Innovation in the Community:

Poly High School Wins MWD Solar Cup

This month Metropolitan Water District (MWD) held its 16th annual Solar Cup Competition and Riverside's Poly High School won first place in the veteran's division for the third year in a row!

As reported by the Press Enterprise:

The final round of the competition, where students from 38 Southern California high schools rely on the sun’s rays to power boats, was held at Lake Skinner in Winchester.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California event featured teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. More than 600 students were... (read more)


Water Infrastructure News:

EPA Extends WIFIA Deadline 

Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a deadline extension for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan applications.

The May 15, 2018 press release from the EPA is provided in full below:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced at a meeting with water sector associations that the deadline to submit letters of interest for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans has been extended to July 31, 2018. Administrator Pruitt also sent a letter highlighting the deadline extension to governors of 56 states and territories as well as tribal... (read more


In Case You Missed It:

 

Babcock Labs held its first Career Fair (learn more)

Babcock Labs in the Community (learn more)

Babcock Labs celebrated Earth Day (learn more)

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

 

 


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Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
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Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
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Babcock Blog
 
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June 
6/6-8 GRA Groundwater Sustainability Summit – Sacramento, CA
6/11-14 AWWA ACE18 – Las Vegas, NV** (booth #15093)

July 
7/8-11 IAFP Annual Meeting – Salt Lake City, UT

August
8/6-10 NEMC Environmental Measurement Symposium - New Orleans, LA
8/8-10 CASA 63rd Annual Conference - Monterey, CA
8/10 San Bernardino County Water Conference - Ontario, CA**

 


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April 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 4

Continuing a Legacy:

Babcock Labs in the Community

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

This month I had the opportunity to represent Babcock Labs at numerous events promoting science education and water quality in our community.

In early April I spoke to students at the Riverside STEM Academy. The Riverside STEM Academy (RSA) is a Riverside Unified School that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The school serves grades 5-8, with extension plans to include a STEM High School. I was asked to present on Babcock Laboratories—the work we do, its significance for public health and our environment, and the types of careers we offer. It was a treat to meet so many young people who share my love for science and aspire to be our STEM leaders of tomorrow.

I was also asked by Kathryn Uhrich, Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) at the University of California (UCR), to speak as a panelist at the college’s Entrepreneurial Panel Event. The event, titled “Bridging the Gap: From Science to C-Suite,” aimed to provide UCR students with information on how to marry science with entrepreneurship.... (read more)


Earth Day 2018:

Rid Our Waterways of Plastic!

Sunday, April 22nd was Earth Day, and this year the Earth Day Network called for us to end plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health, making it a major environmental and public health issue that deserves our attention and action.

Rivers and bays have grown considerably cleaner since the federal Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, however, the act did not account for the growing problem of plastic debris. Three hundred million (300,000,000) tons of fossil-fuel-based plastics are sold each year—90% of which are simply thrown away. A significant percentage of these plastics end up in our landfills and waterways—and eventually our oceans—polluting water sources and wildlife in the process.

As plastics break down, they break down into smaller particles, known as microplastics. Some microplastics are so small that they cannot be filtered out by wastewater treatment plants... (read more)


Filling Up Fast!

Babcock Labs' May Drinking Water Workshop 

Babcock Labs will hold its semi-annual Drinking Water Workshop on Thursday, May 17th. To register, click here. For more information about what the workshop entails, read below:

It is challenging for any sample technician or operator to take a valid sample without first understanding the “why” and “how” behind the drinking water sample. Proper drinking water sampling requires thorough training, extensive knowledge, appropriate resources, and up-to-date techniques. These elements are vital if an organization wishes to maintain scientific integrity and receive data of known and documented quality from its laboratory.

Because this information is so valuable to your organization’s endeavor to protect the public health, Babcock Laboratories has created a Drinking Water Workshop tailored to meet the needs of your staff. The workshop includes... (read more)


In Case You Missed It:

 

"Independence" Day: ACIL Meets on Capitol Hill (read more

EPA Calls on States to Take the Lead on Lead (read more)

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! (read more)

California Considers Permanent Water Restrictions (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)

 

NOW HIRING!
Babcock Labs is
hosting a career fair
on May 9th & 19th
(learn more


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Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
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Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
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Babcock Blog
 
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Reminder:
Babcock Labs
will be closed
on Monday, May 28
in observance of
Memorial Day

 

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May

5/8-11 ACWA Spring Conference – Sacramento, CA

5/17 Babcock Labs Drinking Water Workshop – Riverside, CA***

 

June

6/6-8 GRA Groundwater Sustainability Summit – Sacramento, CA
6/11-14 AWWA ACE18 – Las Vegas, NV** (booth #15093)

 


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March 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 3

"Independence" Day:

ACIL Meets on Capitol Hill

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Last week I attended the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) Policies and Practices (P2 ) Conference in Washington, D.C. This annual conference is comprised of educational sessions that combine government relations and business practices in support of ACIL’s mission to provide the independent testing community with advocacy, education, and alliances that enable members to better address environmental and product risks to the public.

Most notably, one full day of the conference was spent on Capitol Hill meeting with various Congressional representatives. In addition to members attending special session meetings, ACIL and its guests delivered a Congressional Briefing on the value of 3rd party independent testing and conformity assessment under the Energy Star program. The briefing, which was sponsored by Congressmen McKinley (R-WV) and Loebsack (D-IA), explained that 3rd party independent testing and conformity assessment are paramount to consumer confidence in the products and resources they use, such as energy-efficient washing machines... (read more)


Pb Eradication:

EPA Calls on States to Take the Lead on Lead

Earlier this month Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told reporters that eradicating lead from drinking water is one of his top priorities.

Pruitt said part of the President’s $1.5 trillion plan to bolster the nation’s infrastructure includes investments in aging water infrastructure, which Pruitt believes should focus on eliminating lead in potable water. In his conversation with reporters, however, Pruitt appeared to place the onus on state and local governments, calling on them to invest in such upgrades.

U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) criticized Pruitt for lack of a clear plan to reduce lead in drinking water. Kildee has drafted legislation that would reduce the federal Action Level (AL) for lead in drinking water to 5 parts per billion (5 ppb). (read more)


WBE Status:

Babcock Labs Now Women-Owned ESOP! 

On March 8th, International Women's Day, Babcock Laboratories proudly announced its recent designation as a Women-Owned Business! As a 100 percent Employee-Owned company, this status is not only unique, it is historic. It is our understanding that we are the first 100 percent Employee-Owned company (ESOP) to be granted Women Business Enterprise (WBE) status by the Supplier Clearinghouse.

Babcock Labs currently employs 70 talented and dedicated staff members. Of those 70 laboratory and administrative professionals, women make up 63 percent of our total workforce. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, this means that the majority of our owners are women. What's more, women make up 90 percent of our organization's management team. This is rather extraordinary for a STEM-field company and something to be proud of, as women still remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce in the United States. (read more)


In Case You Missed It:

Spending Bill Rejects Trump Administration's Proposed EPA Cut (read more

California Considers Permanent Water Restrictions (read more)

Quarterly Monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP Begins (read more)

Attend the May 17 Drinking Water Workshop (read more)EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
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ciijima@babcocklabs.com


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April

4/11-14 Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference – Fortuna, CA

4/16-18 Annual Water Law Conference – Orlando, FL
4/17-20 CWEA AC18 – Sacramento, CA 

4/19 WEF Drought Conference – San Pedro, CA

 

May

5/8-11 ACWA Spring Conference – Sacramento, CA

5/17 Babcock Labs Drinking Water Workshop – Riverside, CA***

 

June

6/6-8 GRA Groundwater Sustainability Summit – Sacramento, CA
6/11-14 AWWA ACE18 – Las Vegas, NV** (booth #15093)

 


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Feb 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 2

Drought Watch:

California Considers Permanent Water Restrictions

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

The State Water Resources Control Board is considering reinstating and making permanent many of the water restrictions that California enacted during the recent five-year dry spell.

These regulations would potentially impose a $500 fine for wasteful water runoff practices, such as watering landscaping within 48 hours of rainfall or washing a car with a hose that has no shut-off valve. State Water officials say that the primary goal of these rules is to make water conservation a way of life in California.

State officials expect that California will endure longer and more severe dry periods as the planet continues to warm. This past “wet season” has been one of the driest to date. Prior to this week's snowfall, the snowpack across the Sierra Nevada mountain range measured at just 20 percent of average. Most of the state’s water supply originates in the Northern Sierras, and reservoirs depend on the melting snowpack ... (read more)


Regulatory News:

Quarterly Monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP Begins

This first calendar quarter marks the start of state-mandated quarterly monitoring of 1,2,3-TCP.

At the end of last year the State of California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) in drinking water, as adopted by the State Water Board on July 18, 2017. The OAL also approved the State Water Board’s request for an early effective date.

As of December 14, 2017, the California MCL for 1,2,3-TCP in drinking water is 0.000005 mg/L (five parts per trillion).

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 64445, water systems must initiate quarterly monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP ... (read more)


Sampling Training:

Attend the Next Drinking Water Workshop 

Babcock Labs will hold its semi-annual Drinking Water Workshop on Thursday, May 17th. To register, click here. For more information about what the workshop entails, read below:

It is challenging for any sample technician or operator to take a valid sample without first understanding the “why” and “how” behind the drinking water sample. Proper drinking water sampling requires thorough training, extensive knowledge, appropriate resources, and up-to-date techniques. These elements are vital if an organization wishes to maintain scientific integrity and receive data of known and documented quality from its laboratory.

Because this information is so valuable to your organization’s endeavor to protect the public health, Babcock Laboratories has created a Drinking Water Workshop tailored to meet the needs of your staff. The workshop includes ... (read more)


In Case You Missed It:

New Year's Resolutions (read more)

New State Law Regarding Lead Testing in Schools (read more)

MCL for 1,2,3-TCP Now in Effect (read more)

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract (read more)

Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace! (read more)


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 


 

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March
3/5-7 GRA 16th Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge - San Diego, CA 
3/19-22 AEHS Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air - San Diego, CA
3/25-27 WateReuse California Annual Conference - Monterey, CA

April

4/11-14 Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference – Fortuna, CA

4/16-18 Annual Water Law Conference – Orlando, FL

4/19 WEF Drought Conference – San Pedro, CA

 

May

5/8-11 ACWA Spring Conference – Sacramento, CA

5/17 Babcock Labs Drinking Water Workshop – Riverside, CA***
 


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Jan 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 1

New Year's Resolutions:

Welcoming 2018

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

It’s 2018 and if you’re like most people, you have come up with a few personal objectives or improvements that you are committed to upholding this year. Often times, these resolutions aren’t new, there is just something about the beginning of a new calendar year that allows us to recalibrate and refocus on our values and goals. In the spirit of renewed focus and commitment, Babcock Labs has a few New Year’s resolutions that we’d like to share with you:

1. First and foremost, we resolve to continue to observe our core values:

Responsiveness: We endeavor to be responsive to the needs of our clients, community, and staff. We make every effort to respond quickly, positively, and honestly when called upon.

Reliability: We endeavor to be relied upon by our clients, community, and staff to consistently meet expectations, act ethically and responsibly, put forth our best effort, and strive for improvement. Earning this trust and confidence is essential to our success.

Relationships: We endeavor to foster meaningful, long-term relationships with our clients, community, and staff. We value integrity, respect, knowledge, equity, accountability, communication, and camaraderie. We aspire to uphold these values in all of our professional relationships.

2. We resolve, as always, to continuously improve our processes and provide... (read more)


Lead Testing:

New State Law Regarding Testing in Schools

Earlier this month the American Water Works Association (AWWA) partnered with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on a webinar concerning the new state law for testing lead in schools.

The webinar focused on the new requirements under AB 746, which requires community water systems to test lead levels in the drinking water of schools that were constructed before 2010. The deadline for these new requirements is July 1, 2019.

The webinar also addressed requirements for SB 1398 and SB 427. SB 1398 requires that by July 1, 2018, public water systems with areas that may have lead user service lines in use in their distribution systems either determine the existence or absence of lead user service lines in these areas and provide that information to the State Board, or provide... (read more)


Regulatory Update:

MCL for 1,2,3-TCP Now in Effect 

In December the State of California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) in drinking water, as adopted by the State Water Board on July 18, 2017. The OAL also approved the State Water Board’s request for an early effective date.

As of December 14, 2017, the California MCL for 1,2,3-TCP in drinking water is 0.000005 mg/L (five parts per trillion).

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 64445, water systems must initiate quarterly monitoring for 1,2,3-TCP in the calendar quarter beginning... (read more)


In Case You Missed It:


Year in review: A look back on 2017 (read more)

EPA awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Federal Small Systems contract (read more)

Babcock Labs celebrates being employee-owned (read more)


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Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
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Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
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February
2/12-13 AGWT-AGWA Joint Conference - Ontario, CA
2/12-14 CWEA P3S Conference - Riverside, CA**
2/21-22 CLFP Food Processing Expo - Sacramento, CA
2/27-28 ACWA Washington D.C. Conference - Washington, DC

March
3/5-7 GRA 16th Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge - San Diego, CA 
3/19-22 AEHS Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air - San Diego, CA
3/25-27 WateReuse California Annual Conference - Monterey, CA

 


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Dec 2017 | Volume 7 | Issue 11

Year in Review:

A Look Back on 207

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

For many reasons, 2017 appears to have been the year of dichotomy. For example, California began the year flooded and is ending it ablaze. And while there have been moments where it felt like this year would never end, there have been just as many moments that felt as though someone pressed the “fast forward” button. As 2017 winds down and comes to a close, I would like to recap some of the major events of the year, including some of Babcock Labs’ proudest accomplishments.

January. At the beginning of this year the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released a notice encouraging California schools to work with their local water providers to sample for the presence of lead in their drinking water. With both ELAP and NELAP certification and over 20 years of experience determining ultra-trace amounts of lead in drinking water using EPA methods, Babcock Labs was happy to help assist public water systems asked to participate in this program.

February. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reinforced the importance of water quality testing as a means of foodborne illness prevention, after some produce growers expressed pricing concerns. As of September of this year, the FDA’s proposed rule extends the compliance date for water quality testing to January 26, 2020. While water testing requirements may be new to produce growers, Babcock Labs has provided State-certified microbial water testing services to agricultural clients —big and small, public and private—since 1928. We are certain that our experience and team of knowledgeable and friendly professionals will help relieve some of the burden associated with understanding and complying with the water quality and testing requirements outlined in the FSMA final rule.

March. Babcock Labs was featured in the State Water Board’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) newsletter. The newsletter includes a section called, “Environmental Laboratory Corner,” in which...  (read more)


EPA Trusted Lab:

EPA Awards Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Small Systems Contract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has selected Babcock Laboratories, Inc. to provide analytical laboratory services in support of the fourth round of its Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule program (UCMR 4). As a contractor to the USEPA, Babcock Labs will conduct UCMR 4 water quality testing for up to 800 community water systems and non-transient, non-community water systems serving between 25 – 10,000 people (i.e., small systems) across the nation.

"The award of this contract is a testament to the water industry's trust and confidence in Babcock Labs," commented Allison Mackenzie, CEO of Babcock Labs. "We have supported the EPA's UCMR program since its inception and are proud to yet again provide our technical expertise to both small and large water systems participating in UCMR 4."

Earlier this year Babcock Labs became fully certified by the USEPA to conduct all UCMR 4 analyses. This means that Babcock Labs is approved to provide UCMR 4 testing services to all public water systems that are required to participate in the three-year program, which officially commences January 2018. (read more)


Babcock Labs is a Top Workplace:

Press Enterprise Names Babcock Labs a 2017 Top Workplace

Babcock Laboratories, Inc. is honored to announce that it has been named as a 2017 Top Workplace in the Inland Empire!  

Today, the Press Enterprise announced the 2017 Top Workplaces in the Inland Empire and Babcock Labs was ranked as a Top Workplace in the small business category. We believe this award serves as well-deserved praise of our employee owners who have made and continue to make Babcock Labs such a great place to work.

The Top Workplaces program was set up by Energage back in 2006 and is based on the belief that “the most successful companies are the ones that employees believe in.”

A company's designation and ranking as a Top Workplace is determined and calculated by ... (read more)


In Case You Missed It:


There may be something lurking in the water: A Halloween tale (read more)

January 1st marks the beginning of UCMR 4 (read more)

Babcock Labs celebrates being employee-owned (read more)


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Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
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Babcock Blog
 
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REMINDER:
Babcock Labs will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Day, and on Monday, January 1st, in observance of the New Year

 

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January
1/24-26 CASA Winter Conference - Palm Springs, CA*
1/31 Babcock Laboratories UCMR 4 Workshop - Riverside, CA***

February
2/12-13 AGWT-AGWA Joint Conference - Ontario, CA
2/12-14 CWEA P3S Conference - Riverside, CA**
2/21-22 CLFP Food Processing Expo - Sacramento, CA
2/27-28 ACWA Washington D.C. Conference - Washington, DC
 


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Oct 2017 | Volume 7 | Issue 10

There May Be Something Lurking in the Water:

A Halloween Tale

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

There may be something lurking in the water and it’s far scarier than any ghoul, ghost, or swamp monster – it’s PFAS, or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. At high concentrations PFAS have been linked to a number of reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological health effects, such as low infant birth weight, delayed puberty onset, elevated cholesterol levels, reduced immunologic responses to vaccination, thyroid hormone disruption, and possibly even cancer. What’s scarier is that these compounds are resistant to environmental degradation and prone to bioaccumulation in the blood and organs of humans and other animals!

For decades, PFAS have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, apparels, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. PFAS have been found at very low levels both in the environment and in the blood samples of the general U.S. population, making them contaminants of emerging concern.

Babcock Labs has over 15 years of experience analyzing contaminants of emerging concern under contract with the EPA and for small water systems. Our PFAS testing capabilities include compounds outlined in EPA Method 537 (Rev 1.1). EPA Method 537 identifies 14 perfluorinated compounds, six of which are included on List 1 of UCMR 3. Babcock Laboratories has also modified Method 537 for use on alternate matrices outside of drinking water, such as soil and groundwater. To meet your specific testing needs...  (read more)


UCMR 4 Workshop:

Technical Training & Seminar

It's almost 2018! Are you ready for the fourth round of the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule?

Join us on January 31, 2018, for Babcock Labs’ UCMR 4 workshop (register now). 

The workshop will include a short course seminar on UCMR 4 methods, analyses, and special requirements, in addition to the responsibilities of public water systems (PWSs). Attendees will also learn about sampling, including bottle type and preservation. Additionally, the workshop will provide real life case studies for review. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their UCMR 4 schedule to the workshop so that they can receive one-on-one assistance to address their specific UCMR 4 needs. 

Babcock Laboratories is an EPA UCMR 4 approved lab, fully certified to perform all UCMR 4 analyses . Since the inception of the program over 15 years ago, Babcock Labs has been the industry’s trusted laboratory for UCMR testing services. (read more)


ESOP Month:

Babcock Labs Celebrates Being Employee Owned

For over 20 years, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Association and its member companies across the nation have celebrated Employee Ownership Month every October. This is Babcock Labs’ third year as a 100 percent employee-owned company, and therefore our third year taking part in the October ESOP Month celebrations!

The purpose of ESOP Month is to engage and educate employees in their company ownership. As an ESOP, employees have stock in the company which in turn gives our staff greater incentive to provide our clients with exceptional analytical testing services. Essentially, by investing in the quality of the work we provide, each of us here at Babcock Labs is investing in our future and the futures of our fellow coworkers. It’s a win for our clients and it’s a win for our team. Additionally, it’s a win for our community because employee ownership and our ability to stay independent from multi-national network labs keeps revenue local, as our business and employees invest their earnings back into the local economy.

To celebrate this win-win-win situation, our employees participated in a month of ESOP fun! Our employee owners kicked off the start of October with a company breakfast where staff had the opportunity to share a meal together and hear about the month’s festivities. The festivities have included... (read more)


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