Water Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I go for water and soil quality testing in Arizona?
|Bullhead City||Mohave Environmental Laboratory||1050 Hwy 95||1-888-777-4635||water, wastewater, drugs|
|Chandler||Radiation Safety Engineering, Inc||3245 N. Washington St||(480)897-9459||water, soil|
|Chandler||Chandler Analytical Laboratory||571 N 54th St||(480) 963-2495||forage, aflatoxin, water|
|Flagstaff||Nortest Analytical||2400 E Huntington Dr||(928) 774-2312||water|
|Holbrook||Mohave Environmental Laboratory||200 N 2nd St||(928) 524-4635||water, wastewater, drugs|
|Phoenix||Arizona State Agricultural Laboratory||1688 W Adams St||(602) 542-4373||analysis, identification, certification|
|Phoenix||EMLab P&K||1501 W Knudsen Dr||1-800-651-4802||mold, bacteria, allergens, chemical|
|Phoenix||Fiberquant Analytical Services||5025 S. 33rd St.||(602)276-6139||water, air|
|Phoenix||IAS Laboratories||2515 E University Dr||(602) 273-7248||water, soil, plant, manure, compost, tissue, fertilizer|
|Phoenix||Legend Technical Services Inc||17631 N 25th Ave||(602) 324-6100||soil, water, wastewater, forensic, hazardous materials, other|
|Phoenix||Orange Coast Analytical Inc||4620 E Elwood St -Ste 4||(480) 736-0960||soil, water, wastewater, air, hazardous waste, mold|
|Phoenix||TestAmerica||4625 E Cotton Center Blvd - Ste 189||
|water, soil, pesticides, herbicides, hazardous materials, other|
|Phoenix||Xenco Laboratories||3725 E. Atlanta Ave.||(602) 437-0330||soil, water, air|
|Prescott||Bradshaw Mountain Diagnostic Laboratory||990 Willow Creek Rd||
|Tempe||Apex Environmental Laboratory||1616 E Glenhaven Drive||(602)437-0762||water|
|Tempe||Aquatic Consulting and Testing Inc||1525 W University Dr - Ste 106||(480) 921-8044||water, wastewater, microbiology, pesticide applicators, other|
|Tempe||BBC Laboratories Inc||1217 N Stadem Dr||(480) 967-5931||soil, compost, other|
|Tucson||Aqua Tech Environmental Laboratories||2700 E Bilby Rd||(520) 573-6565||water, wastewater, soil|
|Tucson||Complete Analytical Service||4455 S Park Avenue # 110||(520) 884-5811||water|
|Tucson||Columbia Analytical Services||3860 S Palo Verde Rd - Ste 302||(520) 573-1061||water, soil, fuel, hazardous waste, other|
|Tucson||Legend Technical Services Inc||4585 S Palo Verde - Ste 423||(520) 327-1234||soil, water, wastewater, forensic, hazardous materials, other|
|Tucson||TestAmerica||1870 W Prince Rd - Ste 59||(520) 807-3801||water, soil, pesticides, herbicides, hazardous materials, other|
|Tucson||Turner Laboratories Inc||2445 N Coyote Dr - Ste 104||(520) 882-5880||water, wastewater, hazardous waste, field sampling|
|Yuma||Agri-Trend Laboratory||3337 E 33rd Place||(928) 317-1127||water, soil, plants, pathogen testing|
|Yuma||PrimusLabs||7102 E. 30th St. Suite 101||(928) 726-9883||food safety|
Also, check the Arizona Department of Health Services for a list of certified drinking water laboratories, which is updated daily.
Q: Where can I get information about rainwater harvesting?
A: The website Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond provides information about calculations, ordinances, materials, and the general principles for water harvesting in Arizona. The WRRC Water Harvesting Initiative page also has information about water harvesting.
Q: What are the common water quality issues?
For more infromation view ARIZONA Know Your Water.
Q: Where can I find information about private wells?
A: The Arizona Well Owner's Guide To Water Supply provides answers to questions about the properties of water, general water quality, well water quality, and domenstic private well operation and maintenance.
Q: How do I recieve information about upcoming WRRC news, events, and publications?
A: Subscribe to one or more WRRC email listserves. Click here to enter your email address. You can sign-up to receive information about the Brown Bag seminars, the WRRC conferences, or AWR and Arroyo publications.
Q: What is the difference between graywater and reused/recycled/reclaimed water?
A: Graywater refers to the reuse of untreated water drained from baths, showers, washing machines, and sinks (i.e., household wastewater excluding toilet wastes and—in most cases—dishwasher and kitchen sink wastewaters). Homeowners sometimes use graywater for irrigation and other water conservation applications. Some communities have ordinances controlling how homeowners may use graywater, while others discourage its use. Graywater is not treated, and can contain bacteria and other pathogens.
Recycled water refers to the regulated use of highly treated municipal wastewater. Recycled or reclaimed water (these terms are generally used interchangeably) is water that is used more than one time before it passes back into the natural water cycle. Thus, water recycling is the reuse of treated water for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, or replenishing a groundwater basin.
Q: What is the history of Arizona water?
A: The history of water rights, water uses, floods and droughts, important developments in surface and gorundwater, and rural water issues can be found in the Layperson's Guide to Arizona Water.
Q: Is it sustainable to live in Arizona?
A: The Arizona Department of Water Resources has created the Arizona Water Atlas, which provides a water sustainability evaluation for each basin. Also, the Arizona Water Meter developed by the Western Resource Advocates highlights water conservation programs in 15 Arizona communities and evaluates their programs with seven important water conservation criteria.
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Page Updated May 2012