Container Guide

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GENERAL CHEMISTRYMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
AlkalinitySM 2320B14200250 ml HDPE0-6°C
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)EPA 405.1/SM 5210B48 hours10001 L HDPE0-6°C
BromideEPA 300.02850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)EPA 410.4/SM 5220D2820250 ml glassH2SO4 + 0-6°C
ChlorideEPA 300.02850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Chlorine, Total Residual SM 4500-CIASAP
(15 min.)
500500 ml HDPE0-6°C
Chromium VI
(Hexavalent Chromium)
EPA 7196A/719928100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
Cyanide, Amenable SM 4500CN-G145001 L HDPENaOH + 0-6°C
Cyanide, Total SM 4500CN-G/EPA 9014145001 L HDPENaOH + 0-6°C
FluorideEPA 300.02850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Hardness, Total SM2340C180100250 ml HDPEHNO3 + 0-6°C
Ignitability (Flashpoint)EPA 101014150125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Nitrogen, Ammonia (NH3) EPA 350.228500500 ml HDPEH2SO4 +0-6°C
Nitrogen, Nitrate (NO3) EPA 300.048 hours50125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Nitrogen, Nitrite (NO2) EPA 300.048 hours50125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Nitrogen, Total Kjeldahl (TKN) EPA 351.328500500 ml HDPEH2SO4 + 0-6°C
Nitrogen, Total TKN + NO3 + NO248 hours500/50500 ml HDPE / 125 ml HDPEH2SO4 +0-6°C / 0-6°C
Oil and GreaseEPA 1664A/SM 5520B2810001 L amber glassH2SO4 + 0-6°C
pHSM 4500-H+/EPA 9040BASAP
(15 min.)
50100 ml HDPE0-6°C
Phenolics, Total EPA 420.1285001 L amber glassCuSO4 1g/1L + 0-6°C
Phosphate, Ortho EPA 300.048 hours50125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Phosphate, Total EPA 365.32850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Phosphorus, Dissolved EPA 365.328100125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Phosphorus, Total EPA 365.328100125 HDPEH2SO4 + 0-6°C
Solids, Total Dissolved (TDS) SM 2540C/EPA 160.17100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
Solids, Total Suspended (TSS) SM 2540D/EPA 160.271001 L HDPE0-6°C
Solids, Total (TS) SM 2540B/EPA 160.37100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
Solids, Volatile (VS) SM 2540G/EPA 160.47100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
Solids, Settleable (SS) SM 2540F/EPA 160.548 hours10001 L HDPE0-6°C
Solids, Volatile Suspended (VSS) SM 2540D/G7200500 ml HDPE0-6°C
Specific ConductanceSM 2510B/EPA 120.1ASAP (24 hours)100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
SulfateEPA 300.02850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Sulfide, Total EPA 903475001 L HDPEZnAC2/NaOH + 0-6°C
Surfactants (MBAS)SM 5540C48 hours10001 L HDPE0-6°C
Total Organic Carbon (TOC)SM 5310B/EPA 415.128100125 ml glassHCL + 0-6°C
TurbiditySM 2130B/EPA 180.148 hours100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
METALSMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
MercuryEPA 7470A/245.190100250 ml HDPEHNO3 + 0-6°C
ICP MetalsEPA 6010B/200.7180100250 ml HDPEHNO3 + 0-6°C
ICP/MS MetalsEPA 6020/200.8180100250 ml HDPEHNO3 + 0-6°C
SEMI-VOLATILE ORGANICSMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
EDB/DBCPEPA 504.114403-40 ml VOA vials0-6°C**
Herbicides, Chlorinated EPA 8151A7*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
PCBsEPA 8082/6087*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
Pesticides, Organochlorine EPA 8081A/6087*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
Pesticides, Organophosphorus EPA 8141A7*10001 L amber glass0-6°C
PhenolsEPA 8270C7*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
PAHs (PNAs) Low-LevelEPA 8270M-SIM7*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
SVOCs (BNAs)EPA 8270C/6257*10001 L amber glass0-6°C**
*7 days extraction/40 days analysis
**+NA2S2O3 if Chlorinated
VOLATILE ORGANICSMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
Purgeable Halocarbons/AromaticsEPA 8260(8021B list)14403-40 ml VOA vialsHCI + 0-6°C
VOCsEPA 8260B/62414403-40 ml VOA vialsHCI + 0-6°C
VOCs (drinking water)EPA 524.214403-40 ml VOA vialsAscorbic Acid, HCl + 0-6°C
LUFTMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
TPH(d)EPA 8015M/GC/MS1410001 L amber glass0-6°C
TPH(g)/BTEX/MTBEEPA 8015M/8021B/GC/MS14403-40 ml VOA vialsHCI + 0-6°C
TPH-CCEPA 8015M/GC/MS1410001 L amber glass0-6°C
TRPHEPA 1664A-SGT2810001 L amber glassHCl + 0-6°C
NATURAL ATTENUATION PARAMETERSMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
Dissolved OxygenSM 4500-O GASAP
(15 min.)
300500 ml amber glass0-6°C
Ferrous IronSM 3500-Fe D/B24 hours50125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Redox PotentialASTM D-149824 hours50125 ml HDPE0-6°C
Methane in WaterRSK 175M71252-125 ml amber glassHCI
AQUATIC TOXICITYMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
96-hour Aquatic Toxicity, Haz Waste Dept. Fish & Game7100250 ml HDPE0-6°C
96-hour Aquatic Toxicity, Effluent EPA 600/4-85/01336 hours5 gallons5 gallon cubitainer0-6°C
CA EMERGENT CHEMICALSMETHODHOLDING TIME (days)MIN VOL (mls)CONTAINERPRESERVATION
NDMA EPA 1625C(M) 71000 1 L amber glass Na2S2O3
Chromium VIEPA 218.624 hours200250 ml HDPE0-6°C
1,4-Dioxane GC/MS Isotope Dilution710001 L amber glass 0-6°C
Perchlorate EPA 314.02850125 ml HDPE0-6°C
1,2,3-TCP EPA 8260B14403-40 ml VOA vialsHCI + 0-6°C