Maine Water to contract out all water testing to Auburn lab

Jun 08, 2018

Rockport — Maine Water Co. and A&L Laboratory of Auburn announced June 6 an expansion of a longstanding laboratory relationship between the two companies. Starting this week, a daily courier service will shuttle drinking water samples from the Mirror Lake laboratory in Rockport to the A&L laboratory in Auburn and all water testing will be done by A&L. Customers should see lower testing costs as a result, the company said.

For many years, the Maine Water lab at Mirror Lake has provided water testing services for area residents. Requests for more comprehensive water testing from private well owners, well drillers, water treatment specialists and real estate professionals have increased in recent years. Maine Water has been subcontracting many of the specific tests, like radon and arsenic, to A&L, since the lab at Mirror Lake is not certified by the state to conduct these tests for the public. Customers received one report, but the testing was actually done in two separate labs.

Maine Water’s lab at Mirror Lake will continue to support seasonal programs like Maine’s Healthy Beaches and the local Volunteer Lake Monitoring programs with in-house testing for various bacteria. The lab will also continue to support Maine Water’s utility operation.

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