With the festive season approaching, Northumbrian Water Scientific Services would like to make our customers aware of the sample delivery and reporting dates for before Christmas and into the New Year.

To ensure samples are analysed within stability time -

  • BOD samples to be received at our Howdon laboratory no later than Friday 17th December 2021
  • Legionella samples to be received no later than Thursday 16th December 2021
  • Taste and Odour samples to be received no later than Tuesday 21st December 2021
  • Microbiology including pseudomonas samples to be received no later than Wednesday 22nd December 2021
  • Any analysis that requires subcontracting should be received no later than Tuesday 21st December 2021

Sample turnarounds during this time for standard Inorganic, Organic & Microbiology analysis are below, as well the extended 15-day turnaround for Dioxins, Organotins, Legionella and subcontracted analysis:


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Our office/Lab hours during this time will be:

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Please note that samples received outside of the submission deadlines above will not be analysed within stability and may be discarded.


Normal hours resume 04/01/2022


Where possible, please refrain from submitting time critical samples, as stability of samples during this time cannot be guaranteed and results may be compromised.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued custom and to wish you a Happy Christmas & a prosperous New Year.