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St. Charles gets certification for water laboratory

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles’ environmental laboratory again has received accreditation with zero deviations by the Illinois Department of Public Health for microbiological analyses of drinking water samples, the city announced this week.

“We are pleased to once again receive certification of our water laboratory,” environmental services manager John Lamb said in a news release. “This demonstrates the professionalism and commitment of our staff.”

This is the third time since 2007 that the lab has earned the accreditation, which tests quality-control procedures, technician skills and record-keeping through an inspection of 234 criteria.

The laboratory performs multiple tests every month on the city’s drinking water, which is drawn from seven wells. Bacteriological tests are performed on the raw water pumped from the well, again after treatment processes and also at designated points within the water distribution system.

In total, 40 water samples are tested for bacteria each month to ensure it is safe and meets all regulations.

“The city strives to meet or exceed all quality standards for drinking water so we can continue to provide a continuous supply of safe, reliable and economical water to our residents,” Lamb said. “We encourage residents to read through the water-quality report we send out each year, which summarizes information about city drinking water.”

Visit to view the latest water quality report.

Call Lamb at 630-377-4405 for information.

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