MWH to provide testing for more than 400 drinking water utilities throughout the state
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality recently announced that it has awarded MWH Laboratories a one-year contract to provide water quality testing services to more than 400 drinking water utilities throughout the state. Under this contract, MWH Laboratories will be responsible for sample collection and quarterly and annual testing for these systems to ensure compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act.
The work is being carried out as part of the Monitoring Assistance Program (MAP), which is conducted each calendar year to test systems serving less than 10,000 people for regulated volatile organic chemicals, regulated synthetic organic chemicals, and regulated inorganic chemicals. MAP, which has been in place since 1998, creates economies of scale to minimize costs to these small utilities by contracting in bulk. Because of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the program, it was expanded in recent years to include testing for asbestos, radionuclides, nitrite, nitrate, sulfate and nickel.
MWH Laboratories has supported MAP for six of the last nine annual contract terms. Work will be managed out of the company’s Scottsdale, Ariz. office, with samples shipped to Monrovia, Calif., for analysis.
“MWH Laboratories is pleased to partner with the State of Arizona for the MAP 2008 effort,” said Dr. Andrew Eaton, vice president and laboratory director for MWH Laboratories. “The Department of Environmental Quality’s ongoing efforts to make these vital testing services affordable and accessible for small communities are commendable and we are proud to be a part of the program.”