Water quality testing for research usually involves some type of protocol. This can mean a variety of things when it comes to water analysis. First the type of matrix is important this refers to the type of sample for example: drinking water, groundwater, wastewater, stormwater, seawater and others like soils and hazardous waste. Once you determine the type of sample the lab will be testing, it is important to determine what methods are applicable to the type of sample, some may be waste water methods while others drinking water methods. Next if samples will be spiked, let the laboratory know so the lab can automatically dilute samples to within the quality control ranges as determined by each method. This will save the lab analyst time and help reduce your costs. Finally, determine the number of samples and the timing of the project. Determine how many sample will be coming in and at what intervals. Also let us know what type of turnaround is needed as further testing may be dependent on the results of initial samples. When testing for a research project give us a call with details on your test protocol or if you need help developing a testing protocol, we can assist with protocol development.
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