Environmental Analysis

TelLab is an INAB accredited testing laboratory, with a track-record of analysing water for over 27 years.

Our state-of-the-art environmental laboratory tests commercial and domestic drinking water (including wells and private supplies) and industrial and commercial wastewater for compliance with local and national guidelines (scroll down the page for further details). All samples are tested by our team of qualified experienced laboratory analysts. All completed analysis reports are reviewed by the Department Lead Chemist prior to sending results back to the customer. If you wish to audit or visit our laboratory please do not hesitate to contact us.

Details of our  INAB ISO 17025 accreditation can be downloaded here.
ISO 17025 is the main standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. There are many commonalities with ISO 9001 standard, but ISO 17025 adds the concept of competence to the equation and it applies directly to those companies that produce testing and calibration results. View our list of INAB Accredited Tests & Appendix here.

We analyse samples for a variety of area’s including:

  • Private & Well Water Supplies
  • IPPC Licensing
  • Trade Effluent Discharge Licence
  • Surface Water/ Ground Water
  • Government Agencies
  • Landfill Sites/ Leachate
  • Forestry Services
  • Renewable Energy Projects
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants

Our service is tailor-made for our customers. If you require a special reporting format or a fast turnaround time on samples we can help! On request results can be issued in less than 48 hours (surcharge will apply).

Contact the sales office today for a quote:

Phone: 059 91 52881
Email: sales@tellab.ie 

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Drinking Water Testing

Are you looking to get your well water, private water supply or mains water tested to ensure it is safe to drink? Are you concerned that your water maybe contaminated with E.coli or chemical containment’s such as lead, pH, or Iron? Drinking water from private wells is at risk of contamination and should be tested at least once a year, and chemical testing should be carried out once every three years, especially after heavy rain (as suggested by the EPA). TelLab provides a cost-effective, fast and accurate testing service for homeowners using wells and private supplies. Located in Tullow, our labs are close to and convenient for homeowners in Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow and Waterford.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that if you suspect that your water may be contaminated, it is advisable to boil it before drinking, washing teeth or cleaning food until you have had your well water tested. The EPA has also reported that up to 30% of private wells in Ireland are contaminated (EPA, 2010). The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested at a certified laboratory. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so water which looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink.

Symptoms of contaminated water may include frequent upset tummies, diarrhoea, blue baby syndrome, high blood pressure and heart conditions.  There may be problems around the house too, with leaking copper fittings, having to replace your dishwasher or copper heating cylinder, discolouration of hair or laundry and green/blue stains on sanitary ware.

TelLab is an INAB Accredited Environmental Laboratory and can perform drinking water analysis testing requirements for well grants and for general quality of your water. We provide a full service of supplying free sampling bottles/sample kit, carrying out all analysis and providing a full explanation of drinking water results, including treatment advice. Please see attached our drinking water forms and limits of detection for tests carried out on well water.

List of tests we carry out on drinking water:


Alkalinity                                                  Ammonia
Iron                                                          Langellier Index @15°c & 80°c
Total Hardness


E.Coli Total/ Faecal Coliforms

Five simple steps to having your drinking water tested:

  • Call us for a quote on 059 91 52881
  • Call our office or fill out the online contact form for your FREE Sample Bottle test kit (All kits come with instructions and a form to be completed before submitting your samples)
  • Fill the bottles, complete the form and return to TelLab within 6 hours
  • Pay onsite via credit card, cheque or cash
  • Sample results will be issued within 12 working days. Reports are issued in electronic and hard copy format.

If you have received results and require and explanation of results please click here.

If you require single or additional tests they can be quoted separately, please contact the sales office on 059 91 52881 or email sales@tellab.ie

Trade Effluent Discharge Licence

Trade effluent is any liquid waste (other than domestic wastewater and storm water) that is discharged from a business premises to the public sewers. Trade effluent may contain materials such as fats, oils and grease, chemicals, detergents, heavy metal rinses or food waste.

Under Section 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 (as amended), an individual or business may not discharge a trade effluent to the sewer except in accordance with a licence issued under these regulations.

Typically, the following establishments or premises should have a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence:

  • Premises where manufacturing or processing of chemicals or metal finishing takes place
  • Premises where food and drink manufacturing takes place
  • Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs
  • Caravan parks
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Salons (hair, beauty etc.)
  • Dentists
  • Launderettes & Dry Cleaners
  • Airports, bus and train stations
  • Restaurants, cafés and takeaways
  • Universities, colleges, amenity and heritage centres
  • Service stations and/or car wash

Licences for discharges to waters are issued by the local authorities while licences for discharges to sewers have been issued by Irish Water, in consultation with local authorities, since January, 2014.

To discharge trade effluent to the sewer, you must apply for a Trade Effluent Discharge to Sewer Licence. TelLab can provide this licence to you in three simple steps.

  • Or service engineer can take the sample for you or alternatively you can send the sample into us directly (Samples must be with us within 24 hours)
  • Analysis is carried out in our INAB accredited laboratory
  • Results are issued to the company within 12 working days to assess compliance with section 4 and Section 16 of the company discharge licences.

To get a quotation for this suite of analysis please email sales@tellab.ie or phone + 353 59 91 52881 and we will issue you a quote as soon as possible.

IPPC Licensing

The Environmental Protection Agency under the 2003 Environment Act has governed the licensing of large-scale industrial and agricultural activities. Detailed procedures concerning the IPPC licensing process are set out in the Environmental Protection Acts 1992 to 2007 and associated licensing regulations.

A system of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licensing came into effect in Ireland on 12 July 2004. The primary aims of IPPC licensing are to prevent or reduce emissions to air, water and land, to reduce waste and to use energy efficiently.
In summary, the categories of industry coming within the scope of IPPC licensing are:

  • Energy
  • Metals
  • Chemicals
  • Intensive Agriculture (pigs & poultry)
  • Food and Drink
  • Wood, Paper, Textiles and Leather
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Cement
  • Mineral Fibres and Glass
  • Minerals and Other Materials
  • Waste (Disposal or Recovery in a facility connected or associated with an IPPC activity)
  • Surface Coatings
  • Other Activities (includes testing of engines, manufacture of printed circuit boards, production of lime in a kiln and manufacture of ceramic products)

Samples can be taken either by our qualified environmental service engineers using the correct PPE and following strict health & safety guidelines.

Samples collected must be returned to our environmental laboratory within 24 hours of the sample been collected. Failure to meet this time frame will require the sample to be retaken.

Bergerhoff Dust Monitoring

Bergerhoff Dust Monitoring is carried out at many EPA facilities around the country. These would include waste licenced facilities, IPPC licenced facilities and also during the construction works of large scale infrastructure projects.

The Bergerhoff dust method is carried out on most waste sites, landfill sites and sometimes building sites. It is a way of measuring air-bourne dust-fall occurring from manmade activities that may attribute to environmental adverse effects.

The monitoring involves leaving the jar outside in a fixed location for a period of 30 days, which during this time any airborne particles are deposited into the jar along with rainfall. After the 30 days, the jars are removed and brought back to our accredited laboratory for analysis. Here the samples are analysed using gravimetric and evaporative means to give a final result. We then provide a full report and interpretation of results and combine this into a report acceptable to the EPA and Local Authorities. This result is expressed as mg/m2/day.

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We can provide sampling containers if you wish to carry out the sampling yourself, alternatively our experienced environmental service engineers can collect them from you nationwide. Our service engineers hold both safe passes and quarry passes and are fully qualified in manual handling. We also hire out time and flow proportional composite samplers.

Chain of Custody forms for all samples can be downloaded here.

Please contact the sales office for more information on 059 91 52881 or email sales@tellab.ie