Drinking Water Certification Program
In-State Laboratory Certification
The Hawaii Department of Health, Environmental Health Analytical Services Branch, certifies Hawaii laboratories for EPA mandated regulatory monitoring of Hawaii's drinking water in accordance with the EPA Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water, Criteria and Procedures Quality Assurance, 5th Edition. Chemistry and microbiology certifications are offered. Laboratories are certified by analyte or test. The drinking water certification is in effect for one year. There is no fee for the certification process.
Out-Of-State Laboratory Certification
The Drinking Water Certification Program “approves” out-of-state laboratories for chemistry regulatory monitoring data only. Out-of-state approval for regulatory microbiological testing is not offered. Hawaii does not have formal reciprocity agreements with other states. Laboratories must have home-state certification and/or NELAP certification for the parameters they are seeking Hawaii approval. NELAP certification is accepted. If an out-of-state laboratory is acceptable by the criteria as described in the EPA Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water, Criteria and Procedures Quality Assurance, 5th Edition, the Hawaii Certification Officer and the State Laboratories Administrator will recommend that data for drinking water analysis from the laboratory be “accepted” for regulatory purposes by the Hawaii State Department of Health, Safe Drinking Water Program. The drinking water certification is in effect for one year. There is no fee charged to the laboratory seeking certification.
A complete list of certified laboratories can be obtained from the Department of Health Safe Drinking Water Branch website.