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  • You can collect the sample in TWO full 1-quart sized sterilized mason jars.
  • Sterilize the jars by placing them and the lids in boiling water for 10 minutes or by running them through the dishwasher cycle.

Sample Collection

Container 1 – Lead and Copper

  1. PRIOR TO COLLECTION – Water should be used the day prior to collection, but then allowed to sit in the pipes for 6-18 hours. The sample collection is performed on the first water used after the 6-18 hour period has passed. For most people, collection is most easily accomplished first thing in the morning prior to ANY use of water. This includes the flushing of toilets, etc. The kitchen faucet is a good tap for the lead and copper collection.
  2. Fill Container 1 with the first draw from the Kitchen Sink. Label bottle with “First Draw.”

Container 2

  1. FILL Container 2 from a faucet that does not have a swivel or a mixing control. Remove the strainer/aerator screen if there is one. Good sources are frequently the bathroom sink or bathtub. DO NOT sample from a hose or a frost-free hydrant.
  2. Let the cold water run for 6-9 minutes before collecting the sample.
  3. Fill all Container 2 to the neck.
  4. Keep the samples cold (refrigerate or use a cooler) and bring it to the laboratory on ice within 24 hours.
  5. Please take care not to touch the inside of the bottles or lay the lid down.

Sample Drop Off

Monday: 8am – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8am – 4:30pm