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National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data (TWRI Book 9)

Chapter A5. Processing of Water Samples (Version 2.2, with updates through 2/2009) [815 KB PDF]

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These sections of Version 2.2 must be accessed separately:

Section 5.3.2 -- Instructions for Field Use of Spike Solutions for Organic-Analyte Samples (dated 6/2009) [103 KB PDF]
Section 5.6.1.F -- Wastewater, Pharmaceutical, and Antibiotic Compounds (dated 4/2003) [985 KB PDF]
Section 5.6.4.A -- Arsenic Speciation, Version 2.0 (dated 8/2012) [2.52MB PDF]
Section 5.6.4.B -- Low-level Mercury (dated 10/04) [545KB PDF]


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Abstract

The National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data (National Field Manual) describes protocols and provides guidelines for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) personnel who collect data used to assess the quality of the Nation's surface-water and groundwater resources. This chapter addresses methods to be used in processing water samples to be analyzed for inorganic and organic chemical substances, including the bottling of composite, pumped, and bailed samples and subsamples; sample filtration; solid-phase extraction for pesticide analyses; sample preservation; and sample handling and shipping.

Sections of Chapter A5: Processing of Water Samples

Cover/Title Page

Back of Title Page

Foreword

Abstract

Introduction

Purpose and scope

Requirements and recommendations

Field manual review and revision

Acknowledgments

5.0 General information

5.1 Raw samples

5.2 Filtered samples

5.3 Solid-phase extraction of pesticides

5.4 Sample preservation

5.5 Handling and shipping of samples

5.6 Summary of sample-collection and sample-processing procedures for specific analytes

*Section 5.6.1.C, Phenols, has been revised in this section to create version 2.1 of chap. A5.
*A section has been added. Section 5.6.1.F, "Wastewater, Pharmaceutical,and Antibiotic Compounds"
*A section has been added. Section 5.6.4.A, "Arsenic Speciation"
*A section has been added. Section 5.6.4.B, "Low-level Mercury"

Conversion factors, selected terms, abbreviations, and chemical symbols and formulas

Selected references

Appendixes

Appendix A5-A. Sample-designation codes and a summary of field-processing requirements for analyses of organic compounds in water

Appendix A5-B. Sample-designation codes and a summary of field-processing requirements for analyses of inorganic constituents in water

Appendix A5-C. Sample-designation codes and a summary of field-processing requirements for analyses of stable isotopes and radiochemicals in water

Appendix A5-D. Procedures for processing samples for analysis of dissolved and suspended organic carbon using a silver filter and gas-pressurized filtration apparatus (Note: Appendix A5-D has been added to Chapter A5, Version 2 (4/02) and contains the text for the Version 1 section 5.2.2.C.)

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