PVWC operates an onsite advanced water quality laboratory. The laboratory is staffed with highly-trained, degreed professionals and is certified by the NJDEP to conduct a wide variety of microbiological and chemical analyses. The laboratory provides sampling, monitoring and analytical testing services for the Little Falls Water Treatment Plant, PVWC drinking water reservoirs, and all the PVWC distribution systems in Passaic and Bergen counties. Its mission is to help ensure that our Customers’ water quality is consistently high and that compliance with all Federal and State regulations for drinking water is maintained. Of particular concern is ensuring that the bacteriological and chemical quality of the water is maintained while it is delivered to our customers.
Our No. 1 goal is to provide customers with safe, reliable drinking water. Each year more than 28,000 water quality tests are conducted on the water delivered to Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) customers. That’s an average of 77 tests every day. Our water is routinely tested for more than 100 potential contaminants and parameters that could affect the quality of your tap water. The results of these water quality tests are summarized in an annual water quality report that is mailed to customers each summer.
In addition to sampling and testing public drinking water, our laboratory staff calibrates and maintains a wide array of electronic monitoring devices used at our Little Falls water treatment plant and at our drinking-water reservoirs to ensure consistent quality and performance of the treatment process.