Terraphase is using ESdat LabSync to protect children from lead poisoning in schools.

ESdat Environmental Data Management
Published: 5 October 2022

Terraphase is a US environmental consulting company that offers cost-effective solutions to complex environmental and engineering challenges. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has selected Terraphase Engineering Inc. to provide lead in drinking water testing at schools and childcare facilities. The Testing and Reduction Grant Program have funded the PENNVEST project). The scope of services involves designing and implementing a comprehensive plan to test lead in drinking water at up to 3,000 facilities state-wide. TerraPhase uses ESdat LabSync to process laboratory results and issue notifications if excessive lead concentrations are identified. This means they can respond rapidly, taking immediate action to prevent children from drinking contaminated water. To find out more about how Terraphase is helping schools with drinking water testing, please visit: https://terraphase.com/markets/education/


Lead can enter drinking water from the corrosion of lead pipes commonly found in older buildings built before 1986. Forty thousand schools and childcare facilities in the US are estimated to have lead water supply pipes, according to the US Federal Government
i. According to a 2019 report from the Government Accountability Office
ii, 37% of school districts with testing programs have found elevated levels of lead in their water samples.
Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, reducing IQ, slow growth, behaviour difficulties, hearing issues, anaemia, and other health effects.

The Challange

Any contaminated water supplies in schools must be identified quickly so that prompt action can be taken to protect children's health.
Terraphase conducts water sampling in schools and childcare facilities across the US. Samples are analyzed at an accredited laboratory to determine the concentration of lead that is resent. Terraphase reviews the results and alerts the school to take action if lead concentrations exceed acceptable limits.

Due to the dangerous nature of lead in drinking water, schools must be notified if there is any concern as soon as possible. Terraphase, therefore, were keen to find ways of expediting the results processing stage and ensuring they quickly responded to any issues.

"If we find a high lead result in a school, that outlet needs to be shut down ASAP. We need tight documentation and smooth communications the project has that immediate need to eliminate any lag in human processing time."
Joseph Luchette, Terraphase."

The Solution

Using ESdat LabSync, Terraphase can streamline the workflow so that results are processed automatically as soon as the lab completes the tests. Staff are immediately notified if high lead levels are detected in any sample, so prompt action can be taken to warn the schools and protect children. This automated processing offers a considerable advantage to Terraphase, which manages thousands of Find Out more samples at hundreds of schools each year.

Without ESdat LabSync, the project would rely on individual staff members retrieving the laboratory reports from their email, checking them manually, and then taking action to warn schools when needed. Although this process works, it is subject to delays if team members cannot access their emails immediately.
ESdat LabSync means that Terraphase can be confident that results will be automatically checked as soon as the analysis is completed at the laboratory. The risk of error is eliminated, and any high lead concentrations will be identified without delay.

"It's incredibly convenient. It's nice to know that when we get a lab report in, it's already in the system. There's no additional work that needs to be done. It makes the whole work process flow much smoother, and schools can get the results much faster."
David Bishop, Terraphase

ESdat Lab Sync

ESdat LabSync is one of many useful functions within the ESdat environmental data management solution by Escis. Users can have their laboratory reports automatically imported into the ESdat system, seamlessly ensuring all results are recorded and available when needed. Users are automatically notified when reports are received or when specific concentrations are detected. ESdat comes with libraries of the latest regulatory guidelines meaning that it is easy to check for results that exceed the relevant criteria.

  • Results are uploaded automatically by the laboratory
  • Email notifications are issued whenever a lab report is uploaded.
  • Exceedance notifications are emailed directly to users.
  • Supports water, soil, and air sample results

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