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The Ohio EPA plans to adopt final rules that will be effective June 1st, 2016 requiring all public water systems using surface water to monitor their source and finished water for microcystins. Microcystins are a type of cyanotoxin produced by cyanobacteria, more commonly referred to as blue-green algae or Harmful Algal Blooms. Cyanotoxins can cause illness and death in humans and animals.

The final rules being implemented by the Ohio EPA will require the following monitoring…


With water emergencies in Flint, Michigan, and now Sebring, Ohio, many homeowners are looking for ways to guarantee the safety of their drinking water from lead contamination. Lead exposure in excess of US EPA guidelines is a concern because it can cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system and red blood cells, especially in populations that are more vulnerable to lead poisoning, including young children, infants, and pregnant women. The maximum contaminant level for lead in…


Alloway is introducing new training videos designed to help you! As your ultimate laboratory resource, we want to help make the sampling process as simple as possible. Our clients often have questions about the proper sampling techniques for Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. In response, we decided to make a video with some helpful tips and hints.

If you have an idea of other topics you would like us to cover, we want to hear it! Email your suggestions to…


With over 30 years of experience in the industry, bottled water and beverage plants throughout the nation have been choosing Alloway for their analytical needs. Alloway is NELAP accredited and holds certifications in 13 states for drinking water analysis. We have a proven track record for analytical performance that is evidenced by our proficiency test results and accreditations.

Alloway offers a variety of testing options to meet your needs. We offer analytical packages for FDA…


As summer comes into full bloom and water temperatures rise, the potential for harmful algal blooms also rises. Drinking water sources throughout the United States face the threat from this environmental challenge. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that “between 30 and 48 million people use drinking water from lakes and reservoirs that may be vulnerable to algal toxin contamination.” (EPA Issues Health Advisories to Protect Americans from Algal Toxins…


When you think of businesses that are affected by Ohio EPA regulations, your local dental office probably doesn’t come to mind. But dental offices are subject to certain environmental rules because they generate infectious and hazardous wastes.  

 In dentistry, amalgam, an alloy of mercury with various metals, is often used for dental fillings. Due to the high content of mercury in amalgam, it is a hazardous waste and must be disposed of accordingly. This typically requires the use…


Alloway will be offering special V.I.P. Training Programs for our drinking water customers. These workshops will be good for 4 Ohio EPA approved drinking water contact hours. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at the Alloway Marion facility, located at 1776 Marion-Waldo Rd., Marion, Ohio. The second workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Department, located at 3230 N. Cole Street Lima, Ohio. Each workshop will be…


Last year, Alloway conducted a series of workshops that focused on understanding a bioassay report. These workshops received great reviews, so we decided to conduct a similar event this year. The 2015 bioassay workshop will take a deeper look at what’s involved with a bioassay test, the statistics utilized, interpreting your report, and will include a segment on stream monitoring and water quality related to aquatic life.

Workshops will be held from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.…


Alloway’s Hands-On Operator Training Days are back by popular demand! The Fecal Coliform and E. Coli Analyses workshop features small class sizes where participants learn about microbiological tests through hands-on instruction. Each workshop will be from 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Participants will earn 4 Ohio EPA approved wastewater contact hours. You can choose from these dates:

  • Monday, February 16th at Alloway Lima, 1101 N. Cole St., Lima, OH 

To better serve our customers, Alloway is constantly working to expand our analytical capabilities and list of certifications. Beginning January 1, 2015, any laboratory that performs analysis required for a Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System (KPDES) permit must be certified through the Kentucky DEP. We are now certified by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform wastewater analysis. Alloway’s list of certified wastewater analyses includes: