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About Us

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Regional Environmental Laboratory offers analytical testing services throughout Texas for non-potable water, solid and chemical materials, and environmental water quality monitoring efforts. The laboratory began operating in 1966 with the sole focus of supporting SARA wastewater treatment plant operations. Through the decades, the laboratory has expanded its scope of testing services to include surface water, stormwater, and molecular science bacterial source tracking.  In 2008, the SARA Regional Environmental Laboratory obtained certification from the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP). As an accredited laboratory, our data is used by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and other regulatory agencies for permitting, compliance, remediation, and water quality assessments.

Current lab customers include:

  • Municipalities
  • Water purveyors
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Consultants
  • Other laboratories
  • Storm Water

Please contact the laboratory at (210) 302-3649 or saralab@sara-tx.org for sample containers and additional information.

Laboratory Accreditation

The SARA Environmental Sciences Laboratory is accredited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the analysis of Non-Potable water and Solid and Chemical Materials. Please refer to our Fields of Accreditation for Analysis that SARA is accredited to perform.

Fields of Accreditation

 Staff Qualifications

Our scientists have backgrounds in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related scientific discipline. All scientists are certified through Texas Water Utility Association, and may also hold Certified Environmental Scientist or Texas Master Naturalist certifications. In addition, many of our scientists are members of professional organizations to stay abreast of developing technologies and regulations. These organizations include, but are not limited to, The NELAC Institute, Alamo Laboratory Analyst Chapter, Association of Laboratory Managers, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and National Registry of Environmental Professionals.