Collecting a water sample for a laboratory water analysis is a critical step in the process of having your water analyzed. When collecting the samples, it is critical is to follow the directions outlined in the sample kit.
Something as simple as testing your hot water instead of cold, or testing the water that instantly comes out of the faucet instead of after two minutes can make a difference. A few simple steps and precautions taken during the collection process will insure that your sample will be accurately analyzed.
Water samples can be easily contaminated during the collection process if done incorrectly. Some of the steps to avoiding contamination include NEVER:
If you are testing for bacteria, avoiding contamination will be especially important to avoid false positives. Additional steps should be taken, including:
WaterCheck Lab Test Sample Collection Guidlines
If you are collecting a water sample for the WaterCheck test kits, here are some important instructions:
Fill out the requisition form and include the information below. If you miss anything on the requisition, your sample might not be processed.
On the requisition form, write down if this is a re-sample. You also need to fill out section A (Drinking Water) and add any comments or special requests at the bottom of the requisition.
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