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North Dakota Facing Chemical, Mold and Sewage Contamination Issues after Flooding


EMSL Analytical prepares to offer testing solutions for residential and commercial properties threatened by devastating floods.

In what Fargo, North Dakota’s mayor called “uncharted territories” the city is bracing to battle the swollen Red River. Record and near record water levels on the river threaten countless residential properties and all types of commercial properties in North Dakota’s most populous city.

As the waters crest and then recede over the next several days some property owners who venture back into their homes and businesses may be greeted by water damaged properties and ruined belongings. Depending on the extent of the damage some properties may unfortunately be a complete lose, while many others may be saved by proper and extensive water extraction and mold remediation techniques.

Properties flooded not only have to deal with water damage issues, but also environmental concerns ranging from mold growth, sewage contamination and chemical contaminants. EMSL is offering a new superior method for testing sewage contamination utilizing advanced PCR technologies to identify Bacteroides. This new test has many advantages over the traditional total coliforms, fecal coliforms, fecal streptococcus, Enterococcus, and E. coli tests.

EMSL Analytical has been preparing their laboratory facilities, including the closest one to Fargo which is located in Minneapolis, to help area residents. “We have geared up our corporate laboratory and our other 30 plus regional testing facilities and service centers to be able to offer all of the microbial, sewage indicator, and chemical tests that will be called upon in the flooded areas,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical.

EMSL has been offering testing services following natural and manmade disasters since its inception in 1981. For more information on testing services and products provided by EMSL please call (800) 220-3675, visit or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

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