A Division of Granite State Analytical Services, LLC.                                               Phone: 207-784-5354

Announcing new drop-off locations!

Do you have a sample that needs to get to us quickly?
If so, we have the solution for you!

We have expanded our partnership with the UPS Store. We have added more locations that we hope you will find to be very convenient and helpful. Simply walk into any of the following UPS Stores and drop off your water sample sealed in the supplied bubble mailer or box. Our friends at The UPS Store will collect packages throughout the day and then package your samples and ship it to us overnight for processing the next day. The best part…no charge to you!






60 Western Avenue Augusta

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

499 Broadway Bangor

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

135 Maine Street Brunswick

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 3:45 pm.

216 High Street Ellsworth

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

235 Camden Street #32 Rockland

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.

4 Scammon Street Saco

Monday – Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

405 Western Ave South Portland

Monday – Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.

325 Main Street Waterville

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm.

11 Main Street #7 Westbrook

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm.

824 Roosevelt Trail Windham

Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm and Friday from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm.


Note: Friday samples will be shipped through United States Postal Service for Saturday delivery to the P.O. Box.


Need test kits? They have those too!

Heading to a job site and realize you are out of test kits? Water quality, water radon and air radon test kits are available to pick up at all of The UPS Stores listed above.
We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to get your water samples to us on time.





Expert Interview Series






Rebecca Labranche is the Laboratory Director for A & L Laboratory, which specializes in drinking water analysis for both public systems and private wells, providing services to Home Inspectors throughout the State of Maine. We talked to Rebecca about the importance of drinking water analysis and common problems in drinking water. Here’s what she had to say:

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Announcing our two new drop-off locations!

Are you in Southern Maine and need to get a water or radon sample to us?
If so, we have a new solution for you!




We have recently partnered with two UPS Store locations. Simply walk into either UPS Store and drop off your water sample sealed in the supplied bubble mailer or box. Our friends at The UPS Store will collect packages throughout the day and then package your samples and ship it to us overnight for processing the next day. The best part …no charge to you!





405 Western Ave South Portland, Maine

Samples can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. Friday samples will be shipped through the US Postal Service.

824 Roosevelt Trail Windham, Maine

Samples can be dropped off Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm and Friday from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm. Friday samples will be shipped through the US Postal Service.

Need test kits? They have those too!

Heading to a job site and realize you are out of test kits?
Water quality, water radon and air radon test kits are all available to pick up at The UPS Stores in South Portland & Windham.

We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to get your water samples to us on time. Let us know if this helps you and your business!
Many Thanks,
Rebecca Labranche







Are your samples arriving out of hold time?

Over the years it has become increasingly more difficult to get water samples to the laboratory within hold-time. There are several factors that have contributed to this delay. An increase in the state’s population and therefore the amount of mail that requires delivery in conjunction with the closing of numerous post offices and sorting facilities is largely to blame. The sheer size of the state makes it difficult for rural areas to have access to shipping locations. In addition, several northern Maine laboratories have closed over the years resulting in samples needing to be shipped hundreds of miles to the nearest lab.

At A & L we continuously struggle to find ways to help our clients get their samples to us on time. Depending on the area of the state we have had success with First Class Mail, Express Mail and UPS Ground. While these are all still very reliable options we are please to introduce another excellent means of transportation; Unship Courier Services!

Uniship Courier Services provides daily pick-up and delivery of medical specimens and other time sensitive items for hospitals and laboratories. With more than 50 dedicated employees and a fleet of 40 vehicles, Uniship has established an impeccable reputation for reliability, friendly and professional service at a reasonable cost.

Uniship’s main offices are in Hermon & Falmouth. They have daily routes from Fort Kent to Kennebunk and even reach all the way to Luebec. This allows them to get your samples to us safely and on time from anywhere across the State of Maine. They have routes that pass by our laboratory three times a day and they even have routes on Friday nights and Sundays. These options can increase your service days allowing samples to be completed on Sundays and at night after other delivery options have closed. For those of you who use UPS and cannot ship on Fridays, now you can!

If we find there is a great enough demand for this type of shipping in certain areas we may be able to setup drop-off /pick-up locations that would allow for a discounted rate. These will largely be based on our clients’ needs in certain areas, established Unship routes and businesses willing to partner with us to facilitate the process. Until these locations are established, I encourage all of you to contact Uniship and see what they can do for you. If you are on or near one of their many routes they can offer you reliable service at a great rate.

For more information:
Visit their website:
Uniship Courier Services
Or contact Daniel Knowles
dknowles@unishipcourier.com
Cell 207-659-4725

Many Thanks,
Rebecca Labranche





Read Our Blog

Letter from the Lab Director

A & L Laboratory has been a part of the great city of Auburn, Maine since 1976. We have been on Washington Street, Hotel Road and are now at 155 Center Street in Riverview Plaza. I have been with A & L Laboratory since 2004 when I completed an internship with them through the University of Southern Maine on the Lewiston/Auburn Campus. I became the microbiologist, quality assurance officer and I am now the laboratory director. As a lifetime resident of Turner I have lived and worked in Androscoggin County my entire life.

On August 29th of last year the longtime owner Jonathan Dyer and his wife Sylvia retired, selling the company to John Lyons of Granite State Analytical Services, LLC. We have put a great team of employees in place and established a beautiful new location at 155 Center Street Building C Auburn, Maine. We still offer the same great quality water testing service on which you have come to rely. In fact, we are actually able to offer more including an expanded range of metals analyses and Organic Compounds (VOCs, SOCs etc...) as well as Disinfection By-Products. Being able to offer these new services allows us to provide complete testing services for community water systems throughout Maine. Both our Auburn, Maine and Derry, New Hampshire offices are State of Maine Certified for Drinking Water.

Over the past 10 months we have strived to be a company that puts our customers first. We pride ourselves on our relationships with our clients and work hard to make sure they receive the best possible service. We focus on providing reliable, quality data with quick turn-a-round time so that you have all the information you need to achieve the best drinking water possible. Our efforts have certainly paid off. We have received numerous compliments about our staff, our reporting format, the quick turn-around times and our attention to detail. I am thrilled to work with such hardworking and dedicated employees and proud to work for a company that cares about their clients. I hope you will check us out and see how much we can help you!

Many Thanks,
Rebecca Labranche


Drinking Water Contaminants

Kerri Pawlina - Client Services Representative

Contamination - harmful intrusions, such as the presence of toxins or pathogens some of which can result in short or long-term health issues.

It is not uncommon these days to hear a news report about a food recall due to an outbreak of salmonella, listeria, e-coli or other harmful bacteria. It puts the population on high alert and aware of symptoms to watch for if consumption of that food has occurred. Once the outbreak subsides everyday life resumes. Likewise, if you are part of a public drinking water system you can typically breathe easy knowing that the water you are consuming is constantly being monitored to assure it is safe to drink. If a public drinking water system becomes contaminated the public is alerted promptly to help minimize illness while the problem is corrected.

Private well owners, however, do not have that constant monitoring in place and must be pro-active to protect themselves from harmful contamination. Testing your water to check for the most common contaminants which are bacteria, nitrates and nitrites yearly is strongly suggested. Even if your water has consistently been safe to drink in the past this helps to establish a water quality record for your property.

New well owners should begin their testing with a more comprehensive water test which includes metals, minerals and radon. This type of test gives you a good picture of your well and can find problems that should be addressed with a water treatment system.

Other reasons for testing your well include but are not limited to:

  • If any repairs have been done to your well.
  • If there is a funny taste or odor in your water.
  • If there are there any staining issues.
  • If you will be having an infant in your house.
  • If you live by a chemical plant or has there been a fuel spill/leak nearby.
  • If there are any unexplained illnesses in your family.


  • At A&L Laboratory, we offer all this testing for you and more. To find out what testing you should have done please call our laboratory at 207-784-5354 or visit our website and request your test kit.



    Meet our Radon Specialist

    Tom Thornton joined A & L Laboratory in 2014 as an expert in radon analysis and testing. With an extensive chemistry background and over 15 years’ experience in a variety of laboratory settings, Tom has been a great addition to our laboratory team.

    Prior to joining A & L, Tom was a laboratory technician at Woods End Laboratory, where he performed various analyses on bio-gas, soil and compost. His ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment made him a very valuable member of their team.

    From 1999 through 2009, Tom worked for the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services. His time working for the State of Maine Radiation Control Program provided him with the knowledge and experience to become an authority on radon analysis, mitigation and regulatory requirements. Tom processed radiological samples, conducted field inspections of radon mitigation systems and regulated the licenses for radon service providers throughout Maine.

    Tom is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and participates in the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s Honor Society. The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults. Tom is certainly an asset to both our business and our community.



    Are your samples arriving out of hold time?

    Over the years it has become increasingly more difficult to get water samples to the laboratory within hold-time. There are several factors that have contributed to this delay. An increase in the state’s population and therefore the amount of mail that requires delivery in conjunction with the closing of numerous post offices and sorting facilities is largely to blame. The sheer size of the state makes it difficult for rural areas to have access to shipping locations. In addition, several northern Maine laboratories have closed over the years resulting in samples needing to be shipped hundreds of miles to the nearest lab.

    At A & L we continuously struggle to find ways to help our clients get their samples to us on time. Depending on the area of the state we have had success with First Class Mail, Express Mail and UPS Ground. While these are all still very reliable options we are please to introduce another excellent means of transportation; Unship Courier Services!

    Uniship Courier Services provides daily pick-up and delivery of medical specimens and other time sensitive items for hospitals and laboratories. With more than 50 dedicated employees and a fleet of 40 vehicles, Uniship has established an impeccable reputation for reliability, friendly and professional service at a reasonable cost.

    Uniship’s main offices are in Hermon & Falmouth. They have daily routes from Fort Kent to Kennebunk and even reach all the way to Luebec. This allows them to get your samples to us safely and on time from anywhere across the State of Maine. They have routes that pass by our laboratory three times a day and they even have routes on Friday nights and Sundays. These options can increase your service days allowing samples to be completed on Sundays and at night after other delivery options have closed. For those of you who use UPS and cannot ship on Fridays, now you can!

    If we find there is a great enough demand for this type of shipping in certain areas we may be able to setup drop-off /pick-up locations that would allow for a discounted rate. These will largely be based on our clients’ needs in certain areas, established Unship routes and businesses willing to partner with us to facilitate the process. Until these locations are established, I encourage all of you to contact Uniship and see what they can do for you. If you are on or near one of their many routes they can offer you reliable service at a great rate.

    For more information:
    Visit their website:
    Uniship Courier Services
    Or contact Daniel Knowles
    dknowles@inishipcourier.com
    Cell 207-659-4725

    Many Thanks,
    Rebecca Labranche





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