The Lab’s mission is to provide accurate and precise data for the wastewater treatment facilities to ensure that the facility is in compliance with the Clean Water Act and the State of Texas regulations. The laboratory staff primarily conducts a full range of wet-chemistry analyses on the various stages of wastewater treatment within the plant. The advantage of an in-house laboratory is the ability to provide immediate results.
The analytical results verify process settings and actions, allowing the operations staff to make decisions on how to best treat the wastewater. One of the most critical aspects of the laboratory is to monitor the full range of compliance parameters under the TCEQ’s water quality standards. In addition to the daily checks conducted for the treatment plants operation, the laboratory staff also supports the Pretreatment Program. With advancements in technology and high quality instrumentation available to the laboratory staff, it is possible to monitor water quality standards and discharge permit limits required to assure adequate wastewater treatment prior to discharge into the Arroyo Colorado and ultimately, the Laguna Madre.