Mobile Environmental Branch
The Environmental Branch conducts drinking water testing and rabies testing.
Potable Waters Section
The Mobile Laboratory analyzes drinking water samples for specific bacteria from public water systems regulated by the ADEM and private sources,such as, building contractors, home wells, and samples collected by health department environmentalists. The bacteria, total coliforms and Escherichia coli (E. coli), are used to determine if drinking water can be considered safe. The test, Standard Method 9223, is approved by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet the requirements of the EPA Total Coliform Rule for safe drinking water.
The Mobile Laboratory performs rabies testing for medical management purposes when there has been human or domestic animal exposure by a suspect animal. Testing is done on mammals only. Rabies testing is performed on the brain of the specimen so it is important that care is taken to not damage the head if the animal needs to be euthanized.
The Mobile Laboratory can safely handle animal heads the size of dogs and cats. Larger animals such as cows,horses, and hogs must be sent to a State Veterinary Laboratory.
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