The City's state-certified laboratory is centrally located at the Frank L. Ward Water Filtration Plant. The lab provides comprehensive analytical monitoring and compliance support for the Public Services Department/Plants Divisions. They ensure monitoring and reporting compliance with all permitted State, Federal and local laws and ordinances. The laboratory provides necessary and required testing to ensure safe, clean drinking water and compliance testing for both wastewater treatment facilities, as stipulated by their NPDES permits. On average, the lab reports over 13,000 permit-required tests to the state that aid in the safe and efficient operation of the plants.