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Sample Containers, Preservation, and Holding Times

Laboratory Hours

Open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Contact Information

Laboratory Front Desk
508-375-6605

Lacey Prior
Interim Laboratory Director
508-375-6609
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Pre-cleaned and sterilized sample containers are available without charge. Containers are preserved as appropriate. Samples for bacterial analysis must be taken in sterile bottles.

Routine and pool analysis sample containers are also available at the Town Health Departments of Falmouth, Mashpee, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, and Truro.

Courier service is available to Falmouth and Mashpee residents on Tuesdays through their respective Health Departments. There is also a courier service available on Wednesdays from the towns of Wellfleet, Eastham, and Brewster. Samples must be delivered by 9:30 AM in order to be picked up by the courier.

Organic Analyses

Volatile Organic Analyses

Semi-volatile organic analysis parameters include: Semi-volatile Organics, Semi-volatile Organics (drinking water), 2,3,7,8-TCDD (Dioxin) (Drinking Water), Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).

Semi-Volatile Organic Analyses

Conventional organic analysis parameters include: Biochemical Oxygen Demand (5 Day BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Organic Carbon Total (TOC), Phenolics, Surfactants (MBAS).

Conventional Organic Analyses

Hydrocarbon Analyses

Hydrocarbon analysis parameters include: Hydrocarbon Fingerprint (GC/FID), Oil and Grease, Gasoline Range Organics, Diesel Range Organics.

Hydrocarbon Analyses

Metals and Radiological Analyses

Metals analysis parameters include: Total Metals (Except Mercury), Dissolved Metals (Except Mercury), Total Mercury, Dissolved Mercury, SDWA Lead and Copper Rule, Hexavalent Chromium.

Metals Analyses

Radiological analysis parameters include: Gross Alpha and Beta, Radium – 226, Radium – 228, Strontium – 90.

Radiological Analyses

Microbiological Analyses

Microbiological analysis parameters include:  E. coli, Enterococcus Sp, Fecal Coliform, Fecal Strep, HPC, Iron Bacteria, Pseudomonas Sp, Sulfur Bacteria, Total Coliform.

Microbiological Analyses

Conventional Inorganic Analyses

Conventional inorganic analysis parameters include: Alkalinity, Bromide, Chloride, Total Residual Chlorine, Cyanides, Fluoride, Ammonia, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Nitrate, Nitrite, Orthophosphate, Dissolved Oxygen, Total Phosphorus, Silica, Sulfate, Sulfide, Sulfite.

Conventional Inorganic Analyses

Conventional Physical Properties Analyses

Conventional physical properties analysis parameters include: Color, Conductance, Hardness, Odor, pH, Total Dissolved Solids(TDS), Total Suspended Solids(TSS), Total Solids (TS), Total Volatile Solids(TVS), Settleable Solids(SS), Turbidity.

Conventional Physical Properties Analyses