Water Resources--Office of Water Quality

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Raw samples, commonly referred to as wholewater or unfiltered samples, are collected directly into the appropriate type of sample bottle from the sampling device (such as a submersible pump, sample-compositing device, peristaltic pump, or cone splitter). It is recommended that this sample collection take place within a processing chamber, especially if analyte concentrations are expected to be near the detection limit, to prevent contamination from airborne sources.

Equipment must be clean before samples are collected and processed.
Disposable, powderless gloves must be worn throughout sample collection and processing. In order to withstand the solvents or chemicals that could be contacted, vinyl gloves are adequate for inorganic work, but use of organic solvents for organic work requires latex or nitrile gloves.

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