Water Testing & Analysis at Chesapeake Environmental Lab, Inc.

Chesapeake Environmental Lab, Inc.

solves all your water testing needs.

Since 1991 CEL has conducted thousands of water analysis for a variety of clients. We have integrated accuracy, efficiency and integrity into our daily laboratory practices. It is our strongest objective to help you find solutions to your water quality problems. Call today and speak to our knowledgeable staff members to see what test will work best for your water quality needs.

Drinking Water Analysis

Chesapeake Environmental Lab, Inc. offers numerous tests for drinking water including:



A naturally occurring mineral found in soil and bedrock that works its way into ground water.


Health Effects: Arsenic can cause skin damage, circulatory system problems and can increase the risk of certain types of cancer.



Small organisms that get into your well in many ways, during the initial digging of the well, from the ground surrounding the well, from a septic system near by, or from foreign matter being introduced into the well.


Health Effects: Bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illnesses leading to vomiting and diarrhea and can compromise the immune system.



A metal found in natural deposits of ore. It is used in metal plating and coating and can be found in nickel-cadmium batteries and some pigments.


Health Effects: Short term exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, salivation, sensory disturbances, liver injury, convulsions, shock and renal failure. Long term exposure can cause kidney, liver, bone and blood damage.



A reddish metal that occurs naturally in rock, soil, water, sediment and air. It is commonly found in coins, electrical wiring and pipes. It is an essential element for living organisms, including humans. In small amounts, copper is a necessary part of our diet to ensure good health. In drinking water, copper occurs primarily due to its use in plumbing materials and the subsequent corrosion of copper pipes.


Health Effects: Too much copper can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea. It can also lead to liver and kidney damage.



Occurs naturally in water. It is also added to drinking water to reduce tooth decay. State agencies or local public water supply authorities make the decision as to whether or not to add fluoride to specific drinking water supplies.


Health Effects: Prolonged exposure to fluoride over 4 mg/L has been known to cause bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones in some people.



Is common in the earth’s crust. Water percolating through soil and rock can dissolve minerals containing iron and manganese and hold them in solution. Iron is not hazardous in drinking water, but it can be a nuisance. Iron in your water can stain your laundry and fixtures and give your water a bitter, metallic taste. Manganese is chemically similar to iron and causes similar problems.


Iron can be in soluble or oxidized form. Water with soluble iron looks clear when it comes out of the faucet, but has red rust in it when left standing. Oxidized iron looks red from the tap.



Is a toxic metal that was used widely for many years in home construction, including plumbing pipes and fittings. As water passes through the plumbing, it leaches the lead out of the fixture and into the drinking water.


Health Effects: Lead can severely affect infants and children, delaying physical and/or mental development. It can cause kidney problems and high blood pressure in adults.



A nitrogen-based chemical that comes from fertilizers, animal waste and septic tanks. According to the EPA, this is the most common contaminant found in well water.


Health Effects: High levels of nitrate can be fatal to infants so it is important to check your nitrate level if there are children or pregnant women in the home. Nitrate is one cause of methemoglobinemia or “blue baby syndrome”.



A radioactive metal that occurs naturally in rocks, soils and ground water.


Health Effects: Drinking water containing radium for a life time can increase health risks, including bone cancer.



Sulfate and hydrogen sulfide are nuisances, but do not usually pose a health risk. Water containing sulfate can be bitter tasting and can have a laxative effect. Hydrogen sulfide has a “rotten egg” smell and taste and can cause nausea.




Waste Water Analysis

CEL can test waste water for many different parameters, including:








Recreational Water

CEL can test beaches, rivers, inlets, and anywhere people like to enjoy the water.







For addition information please contact the laboratory or you can visit the EPA website at www.epa.gov and the Water System Council at www.watersystemscouncil.org. For your convenience, one of our state certified laboratory technicians will be happy to collect your samples and deliver them to our laboratory for analysis.




Fecal Coliform

Oil & Grease

Ortho Phosphorous




Total Phosphorous


















Total Nitrogen





CEL is a leader in Water Testing for Maryland on both sides of the bridge.


When should you test

your water?

  • Recurrent gastro-intestinal illness.
  • Scaly residues, soaps don't lather
  • Water softener needed to treat hardness
  • Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry
  • Objectionable taste or smell
  • Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored
  • Corrosion of pipes, plumbing
  • Rapid wear of water treatment equipment
  • Nearby areas of intensive agriculture
  • Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks.
  • Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory or dry-cleaning operation nearby
  • Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby