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The Laboratory Section is a conglomerate of three groups that were created to satisfy regulatory requirements for monitoring water quality in Fulton County. The entire Laboratory Section earned an internationally recognized accreditation issued by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for quality.

The Section is composed of:

  • Two Wastewater Laboratories monitoring waters discharged by County wastewater treatment plants
  • A Drinking Water Laboratory monitoring the North Fulton Water Distribution System that services the citizens of North Fulton and
  • A Stream Monitoring Program that monitors lakes, streams and rivers impacted by sewer over- flows in excess of 10,000 gallons.

A very customer service oriented group, the Section offers assistance with Science Fair judging, Laboratory tours, presentations for schools and community groups as well as consulting services to various Fulton County programs and departments.


The North and South Laboratories

The North and South Laboratories, that serve north and south Fulton County, analyze samples provided by six wastewater treatment facilities for contaminants outlined in the treatment plants operations permit. These permits, the National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, authorize the County to operate its treatment facilities. The contaminants include but are not limited to ammonia, phosphorus, fecal coliform, biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand and suspended solids.

These labs also provide testing services for the Storm Water Program, Industrial Monitoring Program, the Sewer Maintenance Program and the Board of Education, performing on an average over 70,000 analyses each year. They strive for excellence. The South Lab is a Georgia Association for Water Professionals (GAWP) lab quality award winner. The regulatory mandate for these labs is found in NPDES permit authorized under the Clean Water Act.


working in the lab to protect water quality
The Drinking Water Laboratory

The Drinking Water Laboratory was created as a result of a federal mandate outlined in the Safe Drinking Water act to monitor the quality of drinking water in the distribution system. This program or laboratory maintains a certification from the State of Georgia authorizing the analysis of drinking water samples.

Technicians collect samples from four sectors in north Fulton daily testing for pH, temperature, chlorine, turbidity, total coliform and fecal coliform. This group collects between 1,500 and 2,000 samples each year.

The team tests new water lines before connection to the distribution system in addition to responding to citizens concerns regarding the drinking water quality. The Drinking Water lab is a past State award winner for quality. This laboratory accepts citizen requests for water testing (fees may apply).


working in the lab to protect water quality

The Stream Monitoring Program

The Stream Monitoring team collects samples from any body of water impacted by a sewer discharge in excess of 10,000 gallons and performs analyses of these samples in the field. Samples are tested for pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. Fecal coliform and E. Coli testing is performed in the laboratory.

This group operates under the federal mandate outlined in the NPDES permit which is a requirement in the Clean Water Act. It serves north and south Fulton County. A major component of the program is its preventive sampling program that is designed to detect sewer overflows before they become major discharges.


monitoring surface water quality

 

Laboratory Personnel

 

PatrickP

Patrick Person has over 10 years’ experience with Fulton County. He possesses three licenses:   water laboratory analyst license, wastewater laboratory analyst license, and wastewater operator 3 license. He manages the overall operations of the laboratory section. Also, he manages the laboratory database (LIMS), which serves as a repository for all laboratory data.

MeseretH

Meseret Hundie has over 16 years’ experience with Fulton County. She possesses both a water laboratory analyst license and a wastewater laboratory analyst license. Meseret supervises the North Laboratory which analyzes samples from Big Creek, JCEC, and Littler River plants. These analyses provide data to the clients to ensure that water being returned to the river is safe for fishing and recreational use.

EssraB

 Essra Burgeba has been with the County for 7 years.   She has a wastewater laboratory analyst license. She holds the title of Microbiologist at the North Lab. She acts as the lead in the absence of the water quality supervisor. In addition to the microbiological work, Essra does all of the wet chemistry analyses in the laboratory.

JennaO

 Jenna Odom is a new addition at Fulton County and has been here less than a year; however, she has extensive experience with the Georgia EPD.   She is a certified EPA Drinking water lab auditor. She does all microbiological analyses which include distribution system samples, homes, business, and well samples. She acts as a lead in the absence of the water quality supervisor.

ThomasS

 Thomas Sitton has 38 years’ experience in the laboratory. He possesses 3 licenses: a water and wastewater laboratory analyst license, and a wastewater operator’s license. His primary duty is to collect drinking water samples from the distribution system. He also has the ability to perform analyses in the wastewater lab and stream monitoring program.

RenardC

 Renard Caudle has 16 years’ experience with Fulton County. He possesses a water laboratory analyst, wastewater analyst license, and wastewater operators 3. He is responsible for collecting and analyzing drinking water samples and stream monitoring samples.     Renard is currently training in the laboratory wastewater lab also.

GeraldoB

 Geraldo Banks has 25 years’ experience with Fulton County. He possesses a wastewater laboratory 3 license. He is responsible for collecting stream monitoring samples.

TarynE

Taryn Edwards has 4 years’ experience with Fulton County. She possesses a water laboratory analyst license. Because of her cross-training; she is responsible for testing wastewater and drinking water analyses. Taryn is also a Master’s of Public Health candidate.

IsaaqD

 Isaaq Drumgoole has 2 years’ experience with Fulton County. He possesses a water laboratory analyst licenses. He is responsible for testing wastewater, drinking water, and stream monitoring analyses. Isaaq is also a Master’s of Public Health candidate.

CynthiaD

 Cynthia Dang is new to the County, but she has experience with the Georgia EPD laboratory. She is eager to learn new things, and she is an asset to the County.

CarlosP

 Carlos Perez is new to the County, but he has experience working in a laboratory; he has 5 years’ experience with a laboratory in Puerto Rico.

MarvinC

 Marvin Clark has over 6 years’ experience with Fulton County. He possesses a water laboratory analyst license, a wastewater laboratory analyst license, and a wastewater 3 operations license. Marvin supervises the drinking water program, stream monitoring program, and the SFMOC wastewater laboratory.

ShamaalB

 Shamaal Blair has 2 years’ experience with Fulton County. She possesses a water laboratory analyst license and wastewater laboratory analyst license. She is responsible for testing wastewater, drinking water, and stream monitoring analyses. Shamaal is also a Master’s of Bioscience candidate.

 

            

 
 

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