- Before sampling be sure to check the requirements associated with your analysis of interest (duplicates, recommendations, volume requirements, preservation techniques, etc.)
- Always make sure to take a well mixed homogenous sub-sample, paying close attention to headspace and preservation requirements for the analyses of interest.
- Detailed analysis specific sampling information can be found in Analytical Services. "More information" is available for each analysis under the heading "Sample Submission".
- IAEA water sampling tutorial for isotopic analysis
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency operating procedure for well sampling (PDF)
- If possible, list samples in a logical or chronological order.
- Make sure to use a sample labelling convention that can be easily cross-referenced to your sample list.
- Use clear tape to cover any and all labels. Condensation or a broken bottle can wash away and obfuscate ink making it impossible to identify samples.
- If possible, number all lids sequentially (corresponding to the "#" column on your sample list).
- If ANY preservative is used, please list the type and amount on each bottle as well as your submitted sample list.
- Include a copy of your sample list with your samples.
- If glass containers are used, ensure proper packaging and spacing between vials (glass on glass leads to breakage).
- Ensure all applicable forms are filled out and emailed to the EIL as well as included with your shipment.
- International clients must include a copy of your customs clearance form (DOCX) visible on the outside of your shipping container.
- Make sure to indicate that shipping fees, taxes, duty and/or brokerage charges are assigned to the shipper when preparing shipping documents and waybills.