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Thanksgiving Hours 2017

Suburban Laboratories will be closed Thursday 11/23/17 through Friday 11/24/17 in recognition of Thanksgiving.  This includes our Geneva, Oak Brook Terrace, and Mukwonago locations.  No deliveries will be accepted by USPS, FedEx, UPS, or drop off on these days.

BOD Samples:  Due to a 5-day incubation time, samples will not be set up on the preceding Saturday, 11/18/17.

Drinking Water Coliform Samples: Due to a 1-day incubation time, samples will not be set up on Wednesday, 11/22/17.

Samples with short holding times should be pre-arranged with your account manager.

2017-11-06T13:49:20-06:00November 6th, 2017|News|

Fall 2017 Conferences

Join Suburban Labs at these upcoming conferences and meetings:

  • October 17 thru 19 – Wisconsin Wastewater Operator’s Association Conference – Madison, WI
  • October 18 – Illinois American Water Works Association Joint Products Day – Arlington Heights, IL
  • October 24 & 25 – Illinois Rural Water Association Conference – Rockford, IL
  • October 30 – Midwest Facility Masters Conference – Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • November 9 – North Suburban Water Works Association Thanksgiving Meeting – Fox Lake, IL
  • November 16 – South Suburban Water Works Association Thanksgiving Meeting – Chicago Heights, IL
  • December  6 – South Suburban Water Works Association Christmas Party – Orland Park, IL
  • December 14 – North Suburban Water Works Association Christmas Party – Fox Lake, IL
2017-10-02T08:39:07-05:00October 2nd, 2017|News|

Upcoming Conferences February/March 2017

Join Suburban Labs at these upcoming conferences and seminars:

  • 2/7/17 – 2/12/17 Midwest Water & Wastewater Operator Expo Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • 2/14/17 Wisconsin Rural Water Association Sampling Seminar 2017, Rock Valley Community Programs Facility, Janesville, WI
  • 2/15/16 Illinois Water Environment Association/IWWSG Pretreatment Conference, Ditka’s Oak Brook, IL
  • 3/20/16 to 3/23 – Illinois AWWA Watercon Crown Plaza, Springfield, IL
  • 3/28/17 – 3/31/17 Wisconsin Rural Water Association 29th Annual Technical Conference. LaCrosse Center, LaCrosse, WI
2017-02-08T10:00:05-06:00February 8th, 2017|News|

Upcoming Conferences January 2017

Visit Suburban Laboratories at the following meetings and conferences this January:

  1. January 19 & 20, 2017 – Wisconsin Water Well Association Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
  2. January 20, 2017 – Illinois Water Environment Association Government Affairs Conference, at the Chicago Marriot Southwest in Burr Ridge, IL
  3. January 27, 2017 – Midwest Water Analyst Association. Brat Stop, Kenosha, WI
2016-12-13T14:10:24-06:00December 13th, 2016|News|

Holiday Hours 2016

Christmas and New Year’s Hours

Friday 12/16/16:  Closing at 12:00 PM for a company function. Due to a 24 hour incubation time, membrane filter coliform samples will not be set up after 12:00 PM on Thursday, 12/15/16.

Thursday 12/22/16:  Oakbrook Terrace Service Center Only Closed

Friday 12/23/16:  All Offices Closed.  Due to a 24 hour incubation time, drinking water coliform samples will not be set up on Thursday 12/22/16.  Plate count samples will not be set up on Wednesday 12/21/16 or Thursday 12/22/16.

Monday 12/26/16:  All Offices Closed

Friday 12/30/16:  Oakbrook Terrace Service Center Only Closed

Monday 01/02/17:  All Offices Closed

Emergency samples, special projects or samples with short holding times must be pre-arranged with your project manager.

2016-11-28T11:05:46-06:00November 28th, 2016|News|

Thanksgiving 2016 Hours

Suburban Laboratories will be closed:

  • Thursday – 11/24/16
  • Friday – 11/25/16

This includes the Geneva, Oakbrook Terrace, and Mukwonago locations.

No deliveries will be accepted by USPS, FedEx, UPS, or drop off on these days.

BOD Samples: Due to a 5-day incubation time, samples will not be set up on the preceding Saturday, 11/19/16.

Drinking Water Coliform Samples: Due to a 1-day incubation time, samples will not be set up on Wednesday, 11/23/16.

Samples with short holding times or emergency situations should be pre-arranged with your project manager.

2016-11-22T08:45:45-06:00November 22nd, 2016|News|

Radiological Certification

Suburban Laboratories is proud to announce the we are now certified to perform radiological testing for Radium 226, Radium 228, Combined Radium and Gross Alpha/Beta in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This certification was granted by the Minnesota Department of Public Health and accepted by Illinois EPA and Wisconsin DNR. For a copy of the certificate click here.  For more information or to obtain a quote, please contact us at 708-544-3260.

2016-05-05T13:33:27-05:00May 5th, 2016|News|

Lead in Drinking Water

There has been a lot of attention on lead in drinking water due to the cases in Flint Michigan and Chicago Illinois. So is this just an overblown issue or is lead a real problem? The answer is a yes, Lead is a big problem for many people living in older homes and neighborhoods.

What is lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used in pipes for many years. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects including behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Children six years old and under are most at risk because this is when the brain is developing. Older neighborhoods may have lead pipes that are used to bring water from the main service line into the home. A prohibition on lead in plumbing materials has been in effect since 1986.

What are lead’s health effects?

Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.

How does lead get into my drinking water?

Lead enters drinking water through corrosion of plumbing systems; and erosion of natural deposits. Lead leaches into water through contact with the plumbing and through corrosion – a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and plumbing. Lead can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures and faucets and fittings. The amount of lead in your water also depends on the types and amounts of minerals in the water, how long the water stays in the pipes, the amount of wear in the pipes, the water’s acidity and its temperature.

EPA estimates that 10 to 20 percent of human exposure to lead may come from lead in drinking water. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.

What About Free Test Kits Available at the Store?

Beware of anything that says “free”. These samples are typically checked with an inaccurate test strip or other screening procedure and not analyzed by a certified lab using EPA approved methods. Furthermore, companies that offer these tests are usually trying to sell you an expensive water treatment system.

How Can I Test my Water for Lead?

Suburban Laboratories makes it easy. Simply order the test kit from our website and we will send you a sample bottle and simple collection instructions.

Order your test kit from drinkingwaterlabs.com today.

Order Lead Testing Here

2017-01-13T09:54:56-06:00February 9th, 2016|News|