Includes standard water, wastewater, extracts and effluent analysis.
Routine analysis is conducted on bore, dam, spring, creek and tank waters for physical, chemical and bacteriological parameters. Resulting data are used in a broad spectrum of suitability assessments.
These include drinking, domestic, recreational, agricultural and irrigation uses. EAL also routinely conducts environmental monitoring of waters for physiochemical parameters, metals, contamination, nutrients, salts, bacteria and algal biomass.
Collection Procedure for Liquid Samples
- a 1-2 litre sample in a clean plastic bottle is required; rinse 1/2 dozen times with the sample to be collected (clean/sterile bottles are available for collection or can be supplied). For dam, creek or spring waters take sample at 10-20 cm depth and away from the bottom and sides. Tank waters can be collected at the tap or direct from the tank depending on preference or access. Bores require pumping out for 15-20 minutes prior to sample collection. Fill bottles to overflowing then cap to ensure minimal air is present.
- fresh samples are preferred, supplied to the laboratory the same day of collection. Immediately following collection the samples should be maintained in a cool condition, out of direct sunlight. For overnight transport esky packaging and ice bricks are required.
Additional Information for Download
The following are some standard procedures for collecting samples. Adhering to these directions when collecting your samples will ensure the highest level of accuracy during analysis.
- EAL Water Analysis Guidelines
- Guideline on the Investigation Levels for Soil and Groundwater
- ABCs of Collecting and Sending Water Samples to EAL
- EAL Waters Preservation
If you prefer, on-site sample collection by our qualified staff can also be arranged at a basic rate of $110.00 +GST per hour.
Updated: 01 May 2013