Steps required for taking a water sample will vary for different tests. Timeliness and cleanliness are important when collecting any water sample. Use the sterile collection bottles from our lab and not your own bottles.
A water sample needs to be submitted to the lab within 48 hours of collection. For some tests, it must be kept cold prior to testing. Care must be taken to prevent anything but the water from contacting the inside of the bottle or the cap.
For most water tests, follow these steps when collecting a sample. Additional requirements for certain tests are listed below.
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