How to Sample Water
How to Sample
Water Sampling Made Easy.
- Water bottle (12-16 oz.)
- Cooler and ice pack to transport the sample
- A light solution of bleach or alcohol
Procedures for Sampling Water
- Wash your hands.
- Label sample container with sample name, water source, date, and time of collection.
- Go to the sampling location, preferably nearest the water source as possible.
- Turn the faucet on. Let the water run for at least a minute.
- Open the sample container. Do not place fingers on the container lip or inside the container.
- Place sample container into running water and collect the water.
- Place in cooler with an ice pack.
- Deliver to the laboratory within 24 hours of collection.
Use a clean, unused water bottle. Suggest a 12-16 oz. disposable drinking water bottle.
Wash your hands with soap.
Find a clean water source free of dirt, bugs and food particles.
Sterilize the water faucet with a light concentration of bleach or alcohol.
Contamination of the sample is a major concern.
- No used bottles. Don’t drink from the bottle. You have bacteria in you mouth that will cause a false positive.
- No soda, spring water, tea or sports drink bottles.
- Do not collect from the kitchen or bathroom sink UNLESS the faucet has been sterilized with bleach or alcohol. Kitchen and bathroom sinks are a source of bacteria that can cause a false positive.