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How to Have Your Drinking Water Independently Tested

The following are two of the laboratories that have the ability to analyze your drinking water for Perfluorinated Compounds. These laboratories utilize appropriate methods of analysis recognized by the EPA and Department of Defense.

Here’s how it works:

(You do not want the analysis reported in accordance with the EPA Method 537 UCMR3 format because it allows for some detectable and quantifiable amounts of PFOA and PFOS to be reported as zero, non-detect (ND) or undetected (U).)

Ideally you want your water analyzed for:

The laboratory will be familiar with this grouping. If pricing limits the number of chemicals you can have analyzed, you want PFOS, PFOA, and PFBS. The laboratory will provide you with container bottles, instructions for taking samples, chain of custody forms, and shipping instructions. Information about these and other laboratories can be found on the internet. A Water Keeper can help you if you need it.

We have talked to many labs and feel confident recommending these two. Call and compare their capabilities and prices.

VISTA ANALYTICAL LABORATORY
1104 Windfield Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
916 673-1520

ALS ENVIRONMENTAL
1317 South 13th Ave
Kelso, WA 98626
360 577-7222


National labs offer PFC blood tests

Although it's a complex process, local residents can get their blood tested for PFOA and PFOS.

Where to get tested

Only a handful of laboratories in North America can test blood for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and other related perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). Residents should check with whatever testing lab they're working with about any special instructions for collecting, processing and shipping blood samples for testing.

NMS Labs

Axys Analytical Services

Vista Analytical Laboratory

The process

Blood testing typically involves three steps:

This section was taken from this internal article at theintell.com.