Markets Served


PDC Laboratories is an EPA-certified, UCMR4-accredited environmental testing lab in Illinois & Missouri. We provide water quality analysis - including drinking water testing, well water testing, stormwater testing, and more - as well as technical support to over 900 cities and townships in the Midwest. Mainly, we focus on stormwater testing and drinking water quality analysis.  

Analytical activities of the laboratory can be categorized into two general areas: Protection of the environment through wastewater management Assuring Safe Drinking Water Within these two broad areas of service, PDC services can be further detailed into the following: WASTEWATER ANALYSIS Laboratory analyses are performed to provide data for trend analysis, wastewater and … Read More »


Industry and Businesses

PDC Laboratories provides environmental testing to hundreds of small-to-large manufacturing firms in Illinois & Missouri.  The complexity and diversity of chemicals used in today's industrial arena require the use of extensive environmental testing with sophisticated analytical equipment.  The following are current industries served: Fortune 500 corporations Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Food and Dairy Manufacturers Plastics and Extrusion industries Energy and Petroleum companies Chemical Manufacturers Plating Companies Mining Operations Recyclers The following are some typical services: … Read More »


Public and Private Utilities

Groundwater Services PDC can provide drinking water analysis for groundwater compliance monitoring at multiple locations for small to large energy companies with multiple operations. Sites range from active, operating substations to closed manufactured gas plant (MGP) facilities. Site-specific drinking water analysis includes testing for organic, inorganic, general chemistry, biological, and monitored natural attenuation parameters. PDC field service teams can provide low-flow groundwater sample collection services following client-specific site safety protocols.  PDC also provides analyses of soil, groundwater and building debris working … Read More »


Environmental Consultants

PDC Laboratories provides environmental testing & analytical services to over one hundred Environmental Consulting firms in the Midwest.  In selecting a laboratory for major projects such as site remediation, exploratory groundwater and soil sampling, site development and facility clean-ups, an environmental Consulting firm must be assured that the lab meets certification requirements, has the capacity for large numbers of samples with tight turnarounds and provides data in a format that is accurate and readily available.  PDC Laboratories meets these criteria.   Annually, … Read More »


Residential Customers

Drinking Water, Well water, Septic Systems

State requirements for private well water testing at the time of property sale vary from state to state. It is best to check with the state drinking water agency for requirements. In addition, your client can ask the appropriate state agency about any known contamination problems in the area to assist in determining what contaminants to test for. The buyer's lending institution will also most likely require that the well pass a water quality test prior to loan approval. Most lenders … Read More »


Fracking Operations

Groundwater Testing

In order to ensure the integrity of the groundwater in the areas where hydraulic fracturing operations are planned, groundwater testing can be performed to determine the water quality in advance of these operations. Continued monitoring during extraction and after oil and gas activities have been completed, determine the impact on water quality that may have occurred. Many states are now implementing required groundwater testing in order to obtain permits for operations of the oil and gas extraction … Read More »


Construction & Demolition

PDC Laboratories provides analyses of soil, groundwater and building debris working cooperatively with environmental consulting engineers for the sampling and analytical testing of building and construction debris.  Synergies and cost-savings are often realized if the project is done in conjunction with PDC Area's Landfill and Transportation companies.  Samples are typically analyzed for: Lead and Asbestos Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Volitile Organic compounds (VOCs) Semi-Volatile compounds (SVOC) Metals Other Wet Chemistry parameters Also for Construction and Demolition projects are PDC's Lead Abatement Services. … Read More »


Mining Operations

PDC Labs provides environmental testing and water quality analysis for mining operations. The mining industry can have a wide variety of effects on the environment. Mining operations may have needs for the following environmental testing services: Baseline analyses for environmental impact statements Heavy metals bio-uptake in plant and animal tissue Surface and groundwater for trace level metals, nutrients, general chemistry, and physical parameters Soil, waste rock, sludge, and sediment samples for trace level metals, nutrients, acid generation potential, physical analyses, and leaching tests Treatability studies on acid mine drainage water for … Read More »


State and Government Organizations

PDC Labs is a water testing lab that provides environmental testing to state and governmental organizations. To address the analytical requirements of remedial investigations, discharge evaluations, spill responses and state Superfund activities. PDC has performed analyses adhering to the individual state’s Analytical Services Protocols (ASP), which mimics EPA CLP Methods. Sample matrices include wastes, soils, drinking waters, groundwaters, sediments, discharge samples and air. These contracts require strict adherence to the required methodologies, resulting in high quality, and legally defensible data for the State or region involved in the project. PDC Laboratories maintains …Read More »


Paperboard Companies

The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) sponsored the preparation of a sampling and analysis protocol that RPTA member mills can use to determine that paperboard produced from recycled fiber may safely be used in food contact applications and help ensure compliance with the FDA regulations outlined in 21 CFR 176.260.  Allowable concentration values for the potential unintentional chemical constituents in the paperboard have been  calculated, based on migration adjustments.   RPTA Testing Protocol Parameters for Food-Contact Paperboard Parameters Methods Notes FDA … Read More »


Meat Processors and Packagers

Foodborne pathogens pose a serious problem in the United States. Annually five million illnesses and four thousand deaths are attributed to meat and poultry products. Because outbreaks of Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, and Salmonella are making headlines, many companies are eager to prove the safety of their foods. With the increased public concern surrounding foodborne pathogens, laboratories are under considerable pressure to provide detailed analyses in a host of meat related areas. PDC laboratorie's microbial analyses are performed using … Read More »


Environmental Laboratories- Other Labs

Environmental Laboratories

PDC Laboratories works with many other Environmental Laboratories and specialized smaller labs in response to large projects and specialized research activities. PDC also performs analytical testing as a subcontractor for companies without adequate resources, specialized instrumentation or particular state accreditations.   Some of these companies are McHenry Analytical Labs in McHenry, Illinois, Somonauk Laboratories outside Chicago and QCAS Laboratories in Dubuque, Iowa. PDC aligns with many smaller laboratories in the Midwest, especially bacteriological and drinking water only laboratories, to … Read More »



State requirements for private well testing at the time of property sale vary from state to state. It is best to check with the state drinking water agency for requirements. In addition, your client can ask the appropriate state agency about any known contamination problems in the area to assist in determining what contaminants to test for. The buyer's lending institution will also most likely require that the well pass a water quality test prior to loan approval. Most lenders … Read More »



Well Drillers

Water that has become contaminated by human or animal waste can transmit a variety of infectious diseases, including dysentery, salmonellosis, hepatitis, and giardiasis. Symptoms vary, but nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, with or without fever, are most common. To assess bacterial safety, drinking water is tested for a group of "indicator bacteria" called coliform bacteria. These bacteria do not usually cause disease themselves, but their presence indicates that surface contamination has found its way into the well and disease organisms may … Read More »


Septic Tank Inspectors

SEPTIC SYSTEMS Analytical Testing

In a standard septic treatment tank the biological action is from anaerobic bacterium, which is bacteria that multiply under conditions where little or no oxygen is present. Not all of the solid material in a treatment tank can be broken down by microbiological action. So over time, these solids build up inside the treatment tank. Regular pumping of the treatment tank removes these solids and allows room for additional solids to enter the tank. When a … Read More »