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Laboratoryknowing the water is safe
| The WEP lab is a state-of-the-art facility.
Our community needs to know how our local water
environment is doingfor health, recreation, and
economic reasons. We need to ensure that we comply
with Federal, State, and local government
environmental regulations. We need to ensure the
protection and improvement of the quality of our fresh
What role does the WEP Environmental Laboratory play
in meeting these needs and serving our community?
To help meet these goals we measure chemical
pollutants and substances found in industrial
discharges that go into our local environment. We
monitor and measure wastewater treatment facilities to
ensure they meet established guidelines and permits.
We analyze ground water and runoff samples that may
affect the quality of our surrounding waters. We
monitor soils and sediments that may contain
contaminates or pollutants. And, we monitor our
streams and lakes through an extensive program of
collection and analyses for environmental parameters.
These are some of the laboratory's tasks:
- To help keep our wastewater treatment plants
running smoothly, the laboratory regularly analyzes
process control samples.
- To meet federal and state requirements, the
laboratory analyzes influent and effluent (the treated
wastewater that is returned to the environment)
samples from all County wastewater treatment
- The lab analyzes solids and semisolid waste for process control.
- The laboratory collects and analyses freshwater
samples from Onondaga Lake and tributary streams
throughout the lake's watershed. Its dedicated staff
supports the county's Ambient Monitoring Program by
measuring specific water quality parameters to help
to assess current conditions and supporting data for
- The lab analyzes samples of industrial wastewater
so you can be sure it is meeting County regulations
for discharges to the sewer system. This information
also affects WEP's unit charge and surcharge programs
that provide the funds for WEP's valuable services to
businesses and residents.
- The laboratory provides a valuable resource to
WEP to assist and support its current and future