Sampling Instructions

Please read and perform the following instructions to ensure a viable sample of water.

Before you begin, check to make sure your kit contains all of the necessary materials for the experiment.  Also make sure the kit number on the questionnaire and the tube match up.  This is very important for processing your sample!

You also must choose what type of water you’d like to sample.  You can choose to sample tap water or you can choose to sample an outdoor water source, like a pond or puddle.

Kit Contents:

  • (1) 50 mL Falcon tube
  • Questionnaire
  • Instructions

Tap Water

Pick a sink faucet that does not have a Brita filter or other type of extra filter.

  • Turn on the cold water, and let it run at the maximum flow for at least 60 seconds.
  • Decrease the water flow before you fill up the plastic Falcon tube so that the water does not splash.
  • Take the cap off the tube and fill it under the faucet without touching the inside of the cap or tube.
  • Put the cap back onto the tube and make sure it is tightly sealed.
  • Fill out the form that came with the kit.
  • Return the tube and form to your teacher.

Outdoor Water Sources

Outdoor water sources can include ponds, puddles, lakes, rivers, or streams.  Make sure you know the correct zip code of the source–it could be different from your home address!

  • Take the cap off of the Falcon tube.
  • Dunk the tube into the water to collect the sample without touching the inside of the cap or tube.
  • Put the cap back onto the tube and make sure it is tightly sealed.
  • Fill out the form that came with the kit.
  • Return the tube and form to your teacher.

 

Thank you for participating in the community science project! 

Keep the sample number card and check back later for the results of your sample.

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