The Environmental Inorganic Chemistry Unit analyzes a variety of samples such as water, paints and soils. Water samples from both public and private water systems are examined for chemical and/or physical parameters.
A private water system (homeowner) can obtain chemical analyses from this Laboratory only if the sample is submitted through the local health department. These samples are routinely analyzed for a variety of metals, fluoride, chloride, sulfate and other indicators of water quality.
A private water system (homeowner) can obtain a fluoride analysis from this Laboratory only if a sample is submitted through the local health department, a dentist or physician.
Nitrate/Nitrite samples must be shipped to the laboratory cold. Analysis of the sample must begin within 48 hours of collection (plan collection time and transportation accordingly). A special kit is available to meet these temperature requirements.
Collection kits and forms are available from the State Laboratory through the NCSLPH online supply ordering system.
Health Departments may order inorganic sample kits for chemical analysis. Order the appropriate kit based upon testing needs. Nitrates and nitrites require a special sample kit.
Physicians and dentists may order fluoride sample kits.
All samples must be collected in sampling containers supplied by this Laboratory. Complete directions for sample collection and shipment are found on the back of the request form included with each sample kit. Samples should be mailed as soon as possible after collection. Each sample must be properly identified with a completed form. Nitrates and nitrites require a special sample kit and must be shipped on ice.