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Feature articles are written by Alloway's knowledgeable staff. Learn more about hot topics, receive in-depth answers to your frequently asked questions, and discover new Alloway products and services.

05/30/2013

In May 2013, the Ohio EPA released a Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy targeted at Public Water Systems (PWSs). This new publication shares several discoveries made between 2012 and 2013 that are relevant to PWSs for the detection and treatment of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in Ohio.  

At the end of 2012, the Ohio EPA reported that cyanotoxins, toxins produced by the cyanobacteria found in HABs, were detected in the source waters for thirteen public water supplies, but there were…

05/09/2013

Alloway had over 260 attendees at their 4th Annual VIP Workshops. Alloway customers were provided complimentary admissions that allowed them to earn up to 6 contact hours. This year, Alloway introduced the use of OOVOO technology to bring live video feed of the laboratory and field to the classroom. Attendees had the opportunity to virtually visit an actual sampling site where Alloway staff demonstrated Low-Level Mercury and Bioassay sampling techniques. The workshops received rave reviews…

01/28/2013

Alloway’s V.I.P. Workshops are back by popular demand and headed to a location near you. We really consider our customers to be “V.I.Ps”, and these workshops are all about you!

This year we will be unveiling the use of OOVOO technology to bring live video feed of the laboratory and field to the classroom. Instead of hearing about how metals are analyzed in drinking water, you will see for yourself how the analysis is performed.  While at an actual sampling site, Alloway staff will…

11/12/2012

As your ultimate laboratory resource, Alloway is committed to developing new opportunities for professional growth. We are constantly exploring new technologies to improve our training options. Our most recent discovery is the use of ooVoo in our training courses.

ooVoo is new software application that allows the user to video chat with up to 12 people, send files, and screen share. With this technology, users no longer have to travel long distances to be in the same room. They can…

09/10/2012

The Fracking Process

A brief description of the fracking process is necessary to understand the rationale behind any strategy for sampling and analysis of drinking water from wells to determine if the water quality in the well is being affected by local fracking operations.  According to Wikipedia, hydraulic fracturing is “the widening of fractures in a rock layer caused by the high-pressure injection of chemicals with water.” It is this process that results…

05/15/2012

Interested in our newest workshop? Contact support@alloway.com to get a quote!

Sample collection in the right hands can ensure data quality. Part of being “your resource for defensible data” is to provide training on proper sampling techniques. Alloway has developed a new training program for industries that covers the basics of sampling. Alloway’s on-site training program is a unique opportunity for professional development that can benefit…

04/12/2012

As our customers’ ultimate laboratory resource, we at Alloway are constantly looking for ways to improve our service. So as a benefit to our customers, we added a new feature to our website. Customers can now access their analytical data through our secure portal simply by clicking the customer login icon at the top of our homepage.   

After logging into the secure portal, customers can access all of their analytical reports and chain of custodies. Alloway’s portal also allows…

12/16/2011

The natural gas drilling boom is gaining momentum around the country. Ohio, particularly the eastern portion, is home to considerable amounts of Marcellus and Utica Shale. Natural gas, which is trapped in shale formations thousands of feet below ground, is extracted through a two-part process of horizontal drilling and hydrofracking (or hydraulic fracturing). Fracturing the shale can take as much as four million gallons of fresh water. The water is mixed with sand and chemicals and then…

08/23/2011

This summer, many Ohioans find themselves unable to enjoy the typical outdoor activities associated with the season. With an active public health advisory in Ohio, visitors to Grand Lake St. Mary’s have been advised that swimming and wading are not recommended, water should not be swallowed, and surface scum should be avoided. This comes as a result of the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) that are plaguing the waters.

Harmful Algal Blooms are not your typical algal blooms or surface scum…

06/23/2011

As the temperature rises, so does the urge to spend time swimming, boating, and fishing. Pond owners have an all-access pass to these activities, but ponds require careful management. Here are a few basic tips that will help you keep your pond in peak condition for years to come.

Initial Construction

  • If you are constructing a new pond, be sure to seek professional help. Proper construction will help you avoid issues later. The size and depth of the pond…