This field manual is intended to serve as a field reference guide for the collection of water quality samples from surface water and ground water. More detailed information can be found in reference materials from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and other sources. Separate training should be provided prior to field water quality sampling.
The overriding objective of this manual is to provide consistent field sampling protocols for the numerous agencies and individuals who require water quality information. However, it is not intended to replace any sampling plan. The Spanish-language version of this manual also is available to help address emerging environmental sampling concerns along the U.S.-Mexican border. Increased water quality management along the border will require integrated sampling and analysis protocols, something that the production of this manual can foster.
Although this manual describes state-of-the-science techniques, sampling methodologies and technologies continue to undergo changes. The intent of this manual is not to restrict sampling techniques, but to provide a common protocol that can be compared to other techniques. In this manner, those who wish to use alternate methods or equipment may do so as long as these variations, when they occur, are documented in the field log book and final sampling report.