Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN)
Water Focus Area
ERLN & WLA
If your laboratory focuses on water and conducts radiological, biological or chemical sampling and analysis, consider joining the ERLN. All water labs in the ERLN automatically become member of the WLA. If you do not meet the ERLN Membership Criteria, you may still be interested in learning more about the WLA.
The Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA), which launched in October 2009, provides the Water Sector (e.g., drinking water, wastewater) with an integrated nationwide network of laboratories with the analytical capability and capacity in the event of intentional and unintentional water contamination involving chemical, biological and radiochemical contaminants.
How does WLA fit within ERLN?
The WLA focuses solely on water matrices and is an integral part of EPA's Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN). WLA relies on the ERLN for chemical warfare agent (CWA) and radiochemical capabilities and, in turn, the ERLN relies on the WLA specifically for its water response capability. The WLA integrates drinking water, wastewater, public health, and environmental laboratories and select commercial laboratories that currently provide analytical support to government agencies.
Benefits of WLA
- Improved preparedness for analytical support to respond to emergencies
- Improved communications with peer laboratories to help address emerging analytical capability and capacity, laboratory security, or laboratory operation challenges
- Knowledge of neighboring laboratory analytical capability and available personnel