Selecting the Right Groundwater Sampler

There are many things to consider when selecting a groundwater sampler:

  • What you are sampling for: general chemistry, volatiles, metals.
  • The type of sample needed: low/high volume, purging/grab.
  • Sampling frequency: portable or dedicated equipment.
  • Monitoring well characteristics: diameter, depth to water, recharge rate.
  • Ease of sampler operation, repairs in-field, decontamination.
  • Local regulations, requirements, protocols, SOPs.
  • Sampling environment/site logistics.
  • Budget restrictions.

Whatever your needs are, Solinst has a groundwater sampler to meet them.

Solinst Groundwater Samplers

Solinst Groundwater Samplers can generally be categorized into four different groups:

Peristaltic Pumps:

  • Model 410 Peristaltic Pump.
  • Samples are obtained using mechanical peristaltic operation: rotating rollers depress silicone tubing, creating a vacuum, displacing any fluid or gas in the chosen direction.
  • Very portable; use for purging, low flow and regular flow sampling of shallow groundwater.

Inertial Pumps:

  • Model 404 Inertial Pumps, Mini Inertial Pump.
  • Sample by repeatedly lowering and raising the footvalve and tubing; water enters the tubing on the downward stroke and is retained as the valve closes on the upward stroke; water gradually rises in the tubing to surface.
  • Low cost; easy to operate for purging and sampling; ideal for dedication.

Pneumatic Pumps:

  • Model 407 Bladder Pumps, Model 408 Double Valve Pumps.
  • Pumps are air/gas driven. Pumps fill when lowered to depth. Air/gas drives the sample out of the pump and up the tubing. A vent cycle refills the pump. Repeated drive/vent cycles bring samples to surface.
  • Ideal for low flow sampling; obtaining representative VOC samples; dedicated or portable options.

Grab Samplers: