Preparations for Water Sampling

Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations 9-A1


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The National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data (National Field Manual) provides guidelines and standard procedures for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) personnel who collect data used to assess the quality of the Nation’s surface-water and ground-water resources. This chapter addresses field-trip preparations, including selection of sample-collection sites for studies of surface-water quality, site reconnaissance and well selection for studies of groundwater quality, and the establishment of electronic files and field files and folders for a sampling site.

Each chapter of the National Field Manual is published separately and revised periodically. Newly published and revised chapters are posted on the World Wide Web on the USGS page "National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data." The URL for this page is (accessed Jan. 31, 2005).

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Wilde F., 2005, Preparations for water sampling: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 9, chap. A1, 46 p.,

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Preparations for water sampling
Series title Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations
Series number 9-A1
DOI 10.3133/twri09A1
Edition Version 2.0 (2005)
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description 46 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Handbooks for Water-Resources Investigations (Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations Book 9)
Public Comments The 2018 release in the Techniques and Methods series supersedes two earlier editions in the Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations series. Version 1 was released in 1998 and version 2 was released in 2005. More details are in the version history document.
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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