Utilities Department Director Dave Stoneback (at microphone) commends Eleanore Meade and Alfredo Diaz-Mazarredo of the City’s water division for their careful calculations and quality control procedures that allowed their lab to achieve zero-deviation status for three audits in a row, or six years in all. Photo by Mary Mumbrue

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The City of Evanston’s Water Quality Laboratory is audited every two years by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The audit consists of an onsite evaluation in which procedures, records and equipment are inspected. Over 200 different criteria must be met in order to be in perfect compliance with Zero Deviations.

“We are proud to report that once again the Laboratory achieved a zero-deviation evaluation,” said Utility Department Director Dave Stoneback. He quoted the auditor from the Illinois Department of Public Health as saying, “Once again Eleanore Meade and Alfredo Diaz-Mazarredo are to be commended on their dedication to excellence as was made evident by their quality control procedures, record maintenance and technical skills. The effort to generate quality data from this lab is apparent. Congratulations on receiving zero deviations for three consecutive evaluations.”