Setting up a Sample Kit

We encourage clients to use supplies on hand to collect and ship samples as it is faster and more environmentally friendly than ordering a sample kit.
For water samples collected from a pond, lake, or stream, preservatives are not required and the below instructions can be used.

What you will need:

  1. Ice packs to keep samples cool in transit to our laboratory.
    • These can be purchased at many local stores
    • Freeze the night before sample collection
  2. Bottles (plastic) for collecting the water sample.
    • This can be any plastic bottle commonly used to hold drinks. Please rinse the bottle thoroughly with tap water before bringing in the field.
    • Once in the field, rinse the bottle with lake/stream water 3 times prior to final sample collection.
  3. Cooler (hard, soft, or Styrofoam)
    • Hard-sided cooler:
        • Can be sent without additional packaging (FedEx preferred; UPS adds additional charge for coolers not in a box)
        • Hard coolers are typically returned to you as a courtesy (does not apply to international shipments)
    • Styrofoam coolers:
        • Ship in a cardboard box to prevent cooler breakage
        • Will not be returned to you unless you provide the return label
    • Soft sided coolers:
        • Ship in a cardboard box to prevent sample breakage
        • Will not be returned to you unless you provide the return label
  4. Permanent Marker
    • The bottles need to be clearly labeled with a Sample ID (such as the lake name) and the date collected.
  5. Plastic bag with our filled out COC (and prevent it from getting wet).

For more information, follow sampling & shipping instructions outlined here.

In the event you need a Sample Kit with bottles (with or without preservative) sent to you, there is an initial $35 charge for supplies and ground shipment. For revolving shipments (e.g. monitoring projects), a lower fee will be applied after the initial shipment. To order a sample kit, please use the below order form.

Please call or email if you require different sampling supplies or preservative or if you have any questions.

Sample Kit Order Form

Shipping Details


Sample bottles