Wastewater Laboratory Certification Renewal Deadline Approaching

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016) – Laboratory certification provides formal recognition to the managerial and technical competence of a laboratory performing specific analyses defined by a certifying body or environmental program. The certification process provides a uniform standard of quality for data being produced and accountability for the laboratories actually performing the work. All facilities (e.g., laboratories) must now be certified to submit Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System results to the Division of Water (DOW).

Fieldonly wastewater laboratories are defined as any permitted or non-permitted entity (such as a consulting firm) that performs short hold time or immediate tests on only the following wastewater parameters: pH, chlorine, turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. The analyses may take place outdoors, in an on-site room used as a laboratory, or in an off-site laboratory.

General wastewater laboratories are defined as laboratories that perform wastewater sample analyses in addition to “field-only” tests.

The next deadline for wastewater laboratory certification renewal applications is November 15, 2016.

Renewals for field-only laboratory certification must include the following:

  • Completed application form and applicable fee (if any)
  • Notification of any changes to the laboratory’s current method-analyte list
  • Notification of any changes to the laboratory’s Quality Assurance Plan
  • Notification of any changes to the laboratory’s Standard Operating Procedures
  • A successful Proficiency Test Study sample for any applicable analysis (i.e. pH, conductivity, total residual chlorine or turbidity)
  • Renewals for general laboratory certification must include the following:
  • Completed fees worksheet and applicable fee
  • Notification of any changes to the laboratory’s current method-analyte listFor technical information regarding laboratory certification, please contact the DOW Laboratory Certification Section by email atDOWLabCertification@ky.gov  or call Kevin Stewart at 502.782.7081.
  • The application form and document templates may be found on the Kentucky Wastewater Laboratory Certification Program (KWLCP) page of DOW’s website. Other useful tools for compliance with this regulation, such as a wastewater lab certification FAQ, are also available on the KWLCP webpage.

For technical information regarding laboratory certification, please contact the DOW Laboratory Certification Section by email atDOWLabCertification@ky.gov  or call Kevin Stewart at 502.782.7081.

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