Water Testing

Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Clean water is essential to health, but waterborne pathogens continue to impact systems. Midwest Environmental Consulting Services (MEC) provides water testing services to protect our ground and surface waters, and to reduce the spread of hazards in our water supply. Our goal is to provide water testing and establish programs to manage your property’s water quality effectively. Through our efforts, we will bring your property to comply with the regulations established by the EPA and health organizations.

We perform site risk assessments, develop control plans, assist with the implementation of a support structure, and conduct validation sampling to demonstrate effectiveness. Surveys typically begin with the collection of water samples at the site.

  • Analytical tests for drinking water and surface water

  • Public health agency and occupant relations

  • Sampling data and interpretation

  • Wastewater discharge permits

  • Treatment options

  • Improve the management of water resources

  • Validation sampling and documentation.


As defined by the EPA:

“The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.

Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for the industry. EPA has also developed national water quality criteria recommendations for pollutants in surface waters.”

Drinking Water

As defined by the EPA:

“The National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) are legally enforceable primary standards and treatment techniques that apply to public water systems. Primary standards and treatment techniques protect public health by limiting the levels of contaminants in drinking water.”

Common Water Testing Contaminants

  • Microbiological: Total Coliform, E.coli, and Legionella

  • Inorganics and Metals: Aluminum, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Silver, Sodium, Zinc

  • Physical Factors: Alkalinity, Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity

  • Inorganic Analytes

  • Organic Analytes

  • Pesticides, herbicides, and PCBs