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Wastewater Laboratory

The Wastewater Laboratory is a comprehensive environmental testing facility certified by the State of Florida Department of Health.

The Laboratory is certified in the following categories:

  • Nutrients
  • Demands
  • Metals
  • Minerals
  • Organics
  • Physical Constituents
  • Microbiology

  • About the Wastewater Laboratory

    The Glendale Wastewater Treatment Facility Laboratory participates in the US Environmental Protection Agency Discharge Monitoring Quality Assurance (QA) Program and The State of Florida Water Pollution Evaluation Program. The State of Florida Department of Health approves the Comprehensive QA Plan of the Laboratory.

    Microbiological Petri Dish SamplesData Chart of Nutrient Levels

    The Laboratory receives and logs approximately 6000 samples and performs approximately 35,000 analytical tests on these samples annually. Samples come from the following sources: Glendale Wastewater Facility, Northside Wastewater Facility, Wetland, Industrial Pretreatment, and Public Works Lakes, among others.

    Biochemical Oxygen Demand EquipmentpH Analyzer Equipment

    The Laboratory uses state of the art analytical equipment to test for metals and nutrients. A fully equipped microbiology laboratory tests for coliforms, E. Coli, and other bacteria in the City’s wastewater system and lakes. We use traditional wet-chemistry procedures to analyze other parameters such as Chemical and Biological Oxygen Demands, solids, cyanide, and recoverable petroleum hydrocarbons.

    Oil and Grease Extractor MachineBeaker and Flask equipment

    Through stringent Quality Control/Quality Assurance, it is our goal to produce the most accurate and reliable data possible to protect our water and environment.

  • Metals and Nutrient Analysis


    Using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy, the Laboratory analyzes samples for a variety of heavy metals. A comprehensive list of metals is included below. With state-of-the-art equipment, this analysis can take place in hours for multiple metals, instead of days or even weeks with previous technology.

    Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy MachineMetal Digestion Equipment


    Using a continuous flow injection Automated Chemistry Analyzer, the Laboratory analyzes samples for various nutrients. These include ammonia, NOx, phosphorous, and TKN.

    Automated Chemical Analyzer

  • Contact the Wastewater Laboratory

    For more information, or to address specific questions not covered in this section, please contact:

    Paul Tilus, Chemist/Laboratory Manager

    Phone: (863) 834-8223
    Fax: (863) 834-6271