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Organic compounds

Analysis of organic compounds in surface water.

High levels of organic contaminants are not found in surface water unaffected by human activity. Elevated levels of such contaminants is a result of short or long range transport from contamination sources.

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Organic contaminants in surface water

Surface water monitoring typically involves testing for the presence of organic contaminants. Our network of accredited laboratories offers a wide range of tests for presence of organic contaminants, including emerging contaminants such as PFAS


Analysis provided by ALS includes:
  • PFAS
  • Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products
  • Organotin Compounds including TBT
  • EU Water Framework Directive, all substances
  • UK Chemical Investigation Program (CIP), all substances
  • Full list of VOC (Method EPA 8260 or similar)
  • Full list of SVOC (Method EPA 8270 or similar)
  • Petroleum related contaminants including TPH (PHC).
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • PCB
  • Flame retardants
  • Phthalates
  • 1,4-dioxane
  • Microplastics



Surface water

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water reservoir

Analysis of metals in surface water

Levels of metals, and in particular heavy metals, is a crucial part when monitoring surface water quality.


Organic compounds in surface water

Undesirable organic compounds should typically not be found in surface water unless there are sources contributing to contamination.

Water Reservoir

Microbiology in surface water

High levels of certain microbes in surface water are an indicator of possible drainage from nearby areas.