The Sample Receiving lab accepts samples collected from creeks, groundwater wells, stormwater outfalls, and a variety of cleanup projects around the city - for testing at the Center for Urban Waters.
Sample Receiving staff document all field sampling activities for compliance with research or investigation criteria following a rigorous protocol modeled after Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
In this lab:
- Staff create comprehensive documentation for every sample requiring laboratory analysis. This documentation captures important details essential to maintaining sample integrity and vital to the analytical process.
- Staff assess sample condition, composite, filter, and preserve samples before they are delivered to various areas in the laboratory for analysis.
- Any deviations from standard protocols are noted and all the information is transferred into the laboratory information management system.
- This lab also serves as a support area for sampling equipment. Field instrumentation is calibrated; minor repairs and maintenance are performed to ensure equipment is functioning properly.