Water Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I go for water and soil quality testing in Arizona?

A:

City Name Address Phone Number Testing
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 (602) 437-3340
1-866-772-5227
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 (928) 778-7823
1-800-456-7031
water, chemistry
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?

A:

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.

 

If you have a suggestion of a question that you would like answered on the WRRC's FAQ page, please send the question to wrrc@cals.arizona.edu.

 

Page Updated May 2012