It has been quite a year, filled with industry developments, technological advancements, regulatory updates, and new environmental challenges. Here are a few of the notable highlights of 2014.
Two-thousand and fourteen began with Governor Brown declaring a drought state of emergency. These new environmental challenges placed pressure on both agencies and the public to generate conservation plans, bringing urgency to discussions of water reuse. In February, Babcock Labs provided a newsletter update on the Santa Ana report on emerging contaminant monitoring and hosted a TEAM Event where industry experts discussed regulatory changes regarding contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).
In March, the Industrial General Permit entered its final draft form, and our monthly newsletter discussed the likely impact of the new regulations. In response to developments in the food and beverage industry, Babcock Labs held an April TEAM Event on food safety and implementation of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plan. Responding to needs created by the passage of a new law concerning food truck operations in Riverside County, Babcock Labs brought its food truck mobile water supply testing services online in May.
In June, Babcock Labs hosted the American Council of Independent Laboratories’ (ACIL) Drinking Water Program (DWP) and Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Transfer Meeting where CEOs and other senior staff members of laboratories across the state met to discuss the implications of the transfer and agree upon collective action. In July, Babcock Labs held a TEAM Event discussing the implications of the DWP and ELAP transfer from the California Public Health Department (CPHD) to SWRCB. In statewide news, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) also mandated water conservation regulations, which had an impact on both water agencies and the public.
In August, Riverside County Health Department published the Drinking Water Treatment Partnership Project paper, and Babcock Labs was recognized for its role in the community service project which provides clean, safe drinking water to underserved residents in the Coachella Valley. The month of August also marked the release of our Babcock Labs app for iTunes and Google Play. In September, a number of Riverside officials visited the laboratory to discuss Babcock Labs’ significance to the local community and economy. On the technical side, senior analyst, David Schiessel, presented his research on Pyrethroids method development at the 2014 California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) conference.
In October, Babcock Labs exceeded its fundraising goals for the United Way of the Inland Valleys campaign. Also during the month of October, Babcock Labs hosted a TEAM Event on the drought and its effects on source water and groundwater projects. In November, Babcock Labs staff participated in the Walk to Stop Diabetes and geared up for end-of-the year sampling and analyses.
This month, we want to express our gratitude to you, our clients, for your continued confidence in our analytical services. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer a superior testing experience where you receive award-winning customer service, reliable, defensible data, expert field and analytical testing services, and access to informative events regarding regulatory updates and sampling procedures. It is our hope that this added value relieves some of your stress and allows you to perform your job with greater ease and confidence. On behalf of the entire Babcock Labs staff, I would just like to say that we sincerely value your business and look forward to working with you in 2015. We wish you and your family a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year.