Jun 25, 2012

EPA Approval Granted to UL for Water Testing Services to Meet UCMR 3 Requirements

EPA has recognized Underwriters Laboratories as a provider of the services needed to comply with new water regulations

Water quality and water safety company Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) recently announced that it has become one of the first organizations approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test for 28 contaminants in EPA’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3). 

Every five years, in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA identifies a new list of contaminants that are suspected to occur in public water systems and may warrant regulation. The Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring program determines whether new regulations are needed to protect public health. 

Between January 2013 and December 2015, mandatory monitoring for UCMR 3 is required for all public water systems serving more than 10,000 people, along with 800 select public water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people.  

UL has the capability to test for more than 900 known contaminants and is one of the few laboratories in the country able to test for a broad range of emerging contaminants, including those in the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.

EPA issued the final UCMR 3 rule in April. UL is approved to provide all analyses for List 1 and List 2 contaminants.