Background & Mission

Background: The Water Quality Analysis Laboratory (WQAL) was established by the Department of Natural Resources in 1996 to meet the needs of various research and teaching projects both on and off the UNH campus. It is currently administered by the NH Water Resources Research Center and housed in James hall, room 181. Dr. William McDowell is the Center Director, and Mr. Jody Potter is the Lab Manager. Together, they have over 35 years of experience in water quality analysis, and have numerous publications in the fields of water quality, biogeochemistry, and aquatic ecology.

Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Analysis Laboratory is to provide high-quality, reasonably priced analyses in support of research projects conducted by scientists and students from throughout the University, state, and nation. Past clients have included numerous research groups on the UNH campus, Federal agencies, scientists from other universities, and private firms. Many thousands of analyses are conducted each year.

Please note: The Laboratory is not designed to provide analysis of single samples from individuals, such as for drinking water supplies; the NH Department of Environmental Services lab or commercial laboratories are better able to meet those needs.