Oil Field Testing


Our typical analysis includes the major cations and anions along with the specific gravity, H2S, TDS (calculated, but can also do by evaporation), pH, and resistivity. Furthermore, scaling tendencies and corrosiveness can be determined.

We can also perform testing on the amount of:

– Oil in water
– Hydrocarbon in water
– Oil and Grease

There are numerous other constituents that can be tested in water. Please contact us for additional information and pricing. Ion analysis are performed using ICP-OES for Cations and Ion Chromatography for Anions.

Crude Oil

Various tests on crude oil that can be done:

– ASTM Distillation
– API Gravity
– % Paraffin
– % Asphaltenes
– Pour Point/Cloud Point
– Viscosity
– % Sulfur
– % Oil, water, solid breakout
– Foaming Tendency
– Deformer Effectiveness

Recycled, Reclaimed, and Frac Water

Reclamation water and water used for frac purposes have certain parameters including but not limited to bacteria, salinity, and suspended solids. We use testing methods that give precise measurements to evaluate these waters.

Field Testing and Sampling

We have trained and experienced personnel to provide accurate field testing and representative sampling. Whether for injection or waterfed monitoring, fresh water wells for individual homeowners, or office water.


Hypothetical and actual combinations in desired proportions are utilized to identify potential precipitation and/or scaling as a result of combining waters. Compatibility studies can be made to evaluate mixing of waters on the surface, in the wellbore, and under in situ conditions. This involves a study for various concerns such as potential precipitation and scaling tendencies from combining of waters that could be detrimental to their subsequent handling.


Our completely unbiased status and our unique testing procedures can establish the need for current treatments or additional treatments by identifying scale and/or solids samples or the susceptibility for a water to form scale or corrode. We can provide and evaluate corrosion and scale coupons as well as test for corrosion and scale inhibitor residual in a produced water.


Several types of bacteria common to fresh and oilfield waters can be identified and counted. These include: sulfate reducing bacteria, iron bacteria, sulfur bacteria, fungi and acid-uric bacteria, general aerobes and anaerobes, and ATP Testing.

Identification of Waters

Natural connate subsurface waters throughout the Permian Basin have been recorded at Martin Water Laboratories, Inc. since 1953. These records provide a very extensive catalog for ready availability in identifying water sources. Several objectives can be accomplished by an analysis of a particular water by providing a characteristic or “fingerprint” which is used for identifying casing leaks, injection water breakthrough, load or spent acid, or identification of natural connate water. These “fingerprints” can also be used to identify the contamination source of fresh water.


Solids and Scale

We provide analysis of scales, corrosion products, formation materials, and drilling muds with accompanying interpretation regarding the identity of the material. We also provide corrosion failure analysis on tubing, rods and pump parts.


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(432) 683-4521

709 W. Indiana Ave
Midland, TX 79701

We work with oilfield water companies and also provide residential services.

Martin Water Labs has been serving the Permian Basin and surrounding communities since 1953. Our main area of expertise has been and still is the testing, evaluation and subsequent consultation regarding oilfield waters including fresh, produced, injection, or artificial waters; such as drilling, load, or spent acid. We are very experienced and knowledgeable in the service of testing water wells for drinking consumption, irrigation, ponds, and common bacteria’s related to drinking.