Certification by the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE) permits the
performance of analysis for compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act
Regulations. Successful analysis of annual performance evaluation
samples for regulated contaminants and passing thorough on-site
inspections by a MDNRE approved certification officer are some of the
certification requirements. The education and experience of the lab
staff are also critical to obtaining certification. Currently, all
full-time lab personnel have at least a Bachelor of Science degree.
total, the lab staff and operators perform over 145,000 analyses of our
drinking water annually. Safe, quality water is our highest priority
here at the Water Treatment Plant.
The Ann Arbor Water
Treatment Plant has a combined, full service lab. In addition to
drinking water samples, analysis is performed on wastewater and samples
from local rivers and creeks at the laboratory facility. For example,
sampling of phosphorus loading removed from water entering the Waste
Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is performed at the laboratory; in 2008
they found that approximately 273,000 pounds of phosphorus were removed,
equal to 90-95% of the phosphorus from the wastewater.