Helping Protect the Public Health

and Environment

Through Quality Testing

Welcome to Keystone Laboratories!

Keystone Laboratories is a full-service environmental
testing firm

Keystone Laboratories is a full-service environmental testing firm with clients in government, engineering, consulting engineering, waste management and private industry. We provide a full spectrum of analytical services for a wide range of matrices, including drinking water, wastewater, soil, solids, hazardous waste, air and others. From initial sampling to final electronic reporting, Keystone’s experienced laboratory professionals will provide you with scientifically sound, legally defensible data.

Areas of expertise

  • Volatiles
  • Semi-Volatiles
  • Metals
  • Microbiology
  • Wet Chemistry
  • Materials Testing
  • Pesticides/Herbicides/PCBs

Major Instrumentation

  • ICP-MS
  • IC
  • TOX
  • HPLC
  • TOC
  • GC-MS
  • GC-NP
  • GC-ECD

Project managers

Good people make for good results. Our three project managers are with you every step of the way, making sure you get accurate results on time and on budget. They understand your business and the challenges you’re facing. They work with you to define your project requirements, then work closely with our laboratory and quality management staff to ensure your requirements are met.

Flexible turnaround times

Our typical turnaround time for most analyses is 10 days (the industry standard). But we understand that in the real world, you often can’t wait 10 days for results. Our Project Managers will arrange for expedited turnaround times to meet the needs of your project.

We know permits

With our knowledge of the permit process (Drinking Water, NPDES, Pre-Treatment Agreements, etc.) we’re able to partner with you to manage your permits. We’ll help you interpret the analytical requirements of your permit and schedule the appropriate testing on time.


Keystone’s facility in Newton, Iowa, is certified by the National Environmental Laboratories Accreditation Program (NELAP). The Newton laboratory is also certified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (DHE). Our laboratory in Waterloo, Iowa, is certified by the Iowa DNR, and our laboratory in Kansas City, Kansas, is certified by the Kansas DHE. Our laboratory in Centerville, Iowa, is certified by the Iowa DNR, and our laboratory in Kansas City, Kansas, is certified by the Kansas DHE.

Your partner in drinking water compliance

Keystone Laboratories is a full partner with our drinking water clients, ensuring your compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Our expert project managers handle every aspect of your testing program. We manage your drinking water permit, design sampling protocols to meet your requirements, and provide sample containers with preprinted labels as needed.

Once your samples are analyzed, we report your data directly to the appropriate regulatory agencies, keeping you informed at every step of the process. If your drinking water samples exceed accepted levels, Keystone’s experienced staff stays by your side. We work with you through follow-up sampling and resolution of the issues.

Typical drinking water analyses

We typically provide the following analyses on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis to ensure compliance:

  • Total Coliform
  • E. Coli
  • Nitrate/Nitrite
  • Fluoride
  • SOCs
  • VOCs
  • DOCs

Other analyses

Keystone also offers the following analyses for drinking water:

  • TTM (Total TriHaloMethane)
  • HAA5 (HaloAcetic Acids)
  • TOC (Total Organic Content)
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorite
  • Bromate
  • Lead and Copper
  • SDWA Water Quality Parameters:
    • Alkalinity
    • Calcium
    • Conductivity
    • Ph
    • OrthoPhosphates


Keystone is certified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Kansas Department of Environment and Health.

Value-added services

Keystone’s drinking water clients enjoy a variety of value-added services, including:

  • Expert management of your drinking water permit
  • Regularly scheduled deliveries of the coolers, sampling containers you need, with preprinted labels and chains of custody
  • Courier service
  • On-time results reported to
    the appropriate authorities

Landfill services to meet your needs

Keystone Labs serves landfill clients who are regulated under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Typical analyses

  • Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Dissolved Gases
  • Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Organochlorine Pesticides
  • Specialty Pesticides
  • Chlorinated Hydrocarbons
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Explosives
  • Herbicides
  • Heavy Metals
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Wet Chemistry Methods

We make it easy for you from beginning to end, Keystone makes it easy for landfill operators to
stay in compliance. Our Project Managers will make sure you receive the sample containers and preprinted labels prescribed by your landfill permit. Our reliable courier service will deliver your samples to our laboratory locations, where they’ll be expertly analyzed by our experienced staff. Your results will be instantly available through Sample Buddy, our online results system.

Quality assurance

Keystone’s rigorous Quality Management Program ensures compliance with state and federal
oversight programs. The laboratory is certified by the National Environmental Laboratories Accreditation Program (NELAP).

Keystone Advantages

  • Competitive Pricing
  • Pre-printed COCs & labels
  • Courier service
  • Electronic deliverables
  • Multiple locations
  • Stable, Experienced Management & Staff
  • Sample Buddy (Customer Login)

Wastewater samples are analyzed in time to meet your reporting deadlines

Keystone Labs has two decades of experience with wastewater testing and remediation. Our wastewater clients include municipal and county water treatment facilities, construction firms, manufacturers, utilities and engineering firms. We’ll help you stay on top of the latest permit requirements, and meet your monthly reporting deadlines.

NPDES compliant

Much of the wastewater analysis we perform is in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit program as authorized by the Clean Water Act. The program requires strict adherence to quality control and quality assurance objectives

Typical analyses

Keystone’s standard wastewater panel includes all analyses required to satisfy the NPDES permitting process. Standard analyses include:

  • Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN)
  • Nitrate/Nitrite
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Total Phosphorus
  • Heavy Metals
  • Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
  • NH3

Other analyses

  • Hexavalent Chrome
  • Organochlorine Pesticides
  • PCBs
  • Oil and Grease
  • Turbidity
  • VOCs
  • SVOCs
  • TOCs
  • Ammonia

Data by the 10th

We understand that you’re facing inflexible deadlines (data to the DNR by the 10th of the month). Our project managers make sure your samples are analyzed in time to meet your reporting deadlines.

Keystone Laboratories Staff

Newton, Iowa Laboratory Facility

The Keystone Laboratories corporate staff is located within the Newton, Iowa facility. The corporate staff is responsible for the overall operation of all four Keystone locations, including the Quality Assurance program, accounting, and personnel functions.

Jerry Dawson

Laboratory Director

Terri Hayden

Business Manager

Jim Eggers

Director of Quality & Safety

Sue Thompson

Director of Client Services

Waterloo Laboratory

The Waterloo location serves clients in Northeast Iowa with on-site analysis of drinking water and wastewater samples. They also act as a service center for sample containers and sample drop off.

Tammy Thome

Branch Laboratory Supervisor

Kansas City Laboratory

The Kansas City laboratory serves clients in Kansas, Missouri, and portions of Nebraska. Acting mainly as a satellite office, the KC location has samples sent by courier nightly to the Newton, IA laboratory

Carolyn Jackson

Client Services Specialist

Centerville Laboratory

The Centerville location serves clients in southern Iowa and portions of Missouri with on-site analysis of drinking water and wastewater samples. They also act as a service center for sample containers and sample drop off.

Darcie Bouchard

Branch Laboratory Supervisor


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600 E 17th St S, Suite B, Newton, IA 50208

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