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Water Monitoring Testing

Did you miss the training on how to use the test kits? If so, you've come to the right place. Before you go to the test site, you will need the following:

  • A large sterilized, wide-mouth jar or container (approx. 1 liter) with a lid. If your container is not sterlized, boil it and the lid for a few minutes. Let them cool until you can touch them. Screw the lid on to the container being care to not touch the inside of the container.
  • A pair of protective gloves for each paticipant. A box of latex surgeon's gloves (or something similar to that) should be enough for your group.
  • Signed Release of Liability Form and Field Data Sheet. If you don't have them, download them from the Forms Library.
  • Water monitoring test kit. Check to see that the Secchi disk icon sticker is adhered to the bottom of your water testing kit container. The sticker should be in a slightly off-center position.

Once you arrive at the site to collect the sample, record the following on your field data sheet:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location of Your Test Site
  • Name of School or Organization
  • Weather: whether or not it's rained within the last 72 hours, the condition of the sky (no clouds, partly cloudy, heavy clouds, overcast); precipitation (none, foggy, misty, rain); and the wind conditions (none, breezy, windy, blustery)

Sample Collection

Next, follow the steps below to collect your water sample for testing.

  1. Remove the cap of your sampling container (the sterilized, wide-mouth 1-liter jar or container).
  2. Wear protective gloves. Rinse the jar/container 2-3 times in the water you are going to sample.
  3. Now, hold the container near the bottom and plunge it below the water surface with the opening facing downward.
  4. Turn the submerged container into the current and awy from you.
  5. Allow the water to flow into the container for about 30 seconds.
  6. Cap the full container while it is still submerged. Remove it from the water immediately.

Next, you will be conducting five water quality tests. Conduct them in the order you see in the links below.

  1. Temperature
  2. Dissolved Oxygen (DO)
  3. % Saturation
  4. pH Level
  5. Turbidity

After you've completed the testing, click here to see what you do next.

This full-featured set of instructions took an extremely technical and difficult-to-understand set of instructions and broke them down into layman terms that school teachers were able to understand. As a result two foreign schools in Uzbekistan and Warsaw, Poland were able to participate in the World Water Monitoring Day event. These instructions also served as the replacement for the on-site training that some of the local teachers missed.

If you need help writing or editing instruction content, contact me today. I'm also really good at testing the accuracy of procedures. I will actually go through the process of whatever the instructions cover and ask questions if I come across something unclear or inaccurate. Then, I rewrite what's unclear or inaccurate. I also include applicable computer screen shots for software instructions and other illustrations to help the user better understand the task they are performing.