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Metals in Water, Soil, or Waste

Severe effects of metals toxicity include reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Local Health Departments, IDEM, DNR, and other State Agencies or Institutions

Property owners are generally responsible for conducting environmental testing. However, testing services may be available through local health departments, IDEM, and other state agencies and institutions, specifically in situations where there is a determination of a potential release of a hazardous substance, petroleum, or toxic constituent. Agencies may intervene and provide environmental testing when a property owner refuses to conduct testing or when no viable owner can be identified.

Samples are accepted ONLY from Divisions of the Indiana Department of Health, State Agencies or Institutions, and from County and Local Health Departments.
Questions: Contact Quincy Bell, or 317-921-5559

Water samples -  use plastic bottles, the minimum volume is 250 mL.
Soils or solids -  use plastic bags (please double-bag) or glass containers.
Waste samples -  use glass containers.

  1. Complete the analysis request form.
  2. Note which metals are needed, e.g., Lead, Arsenic, Barium, Boron, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Mercury, RCRA Metals, etc.
  3. Include, at a minimum, an email address for contact information.

Mail or return to:
Place sample container(s) in an appropriate shipping box or padded envelope. Bring / Ship to:

IDOH Laboratory
Suite B
550 W 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Attn: Environmental

Refrigeration for waste is recommended.
Water samples must be received within 14 days of collection.

The report will be emailed within 30 days from receipt