Significance and Use
4.1 Wells used in groundwater quality investigations or monitoring programs are generally purged prior to sampling (Note 1). Purging is done to minimize the bias associated with stagnant water in the well, which generally does not accurately reflect ambient groundwater chemistry (Note 2).
—Some sampling methods, such as passive sampling, do not require the practice of purging prior to sample collection (1,2).
—This guide does not address the practice of post-sample purging (purging again after sampling is completed), which is intended for purposes other than the minimization of bias associated with stagnant water in the well.
4.2 There are various methods for purging. Each purging method may have a different volume of influence within the aquifer or screened interval. Therefore, a sample collected after purging by any one method is not necessarily equivalent to samples collected after purging by the other methods. The selection of the appropriate method will be dependent on a number of factors, which should be defined during the development of the sampling and analysis plan. This guide describes the methods available and defines the circumstances under which each method may be appropriate.
1.1 This guide covers methods for purging wells used for groundwater quality investigations and monitoring programs. These methods could be used for other types of programs but are not addressed in this guide.
1.2 This guide applies only to wells sampled at the wellhead.
1.3 This standard describes seven methods (A-G) for the selection of purging methods. Method A—Fixed Volume Purging, Method B—Purging Based on Stabilization of Indicator Parameters, Method C—Purging Based on Stabilization of Target Analytes, Method D—Purging Based on Fixed Volume Combined with Indicator Parameter Stabilization, Method E—Low Flow/Low Volume (Minimal Drawdown) Purging, Method F—Well Evacuation Purging, and Method G—Use of Packers in Purging.
1.4 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this documente be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the title of this guide means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D4750 Test Method for Determining Subsurface Liquid Levels in a Borehole or Monitoring Well (Observation Well)
D5088 Practice for Decontamination of Field Equipment Used at Waste Sites
D5092 Practice for Design and Installation of Ground Water Monitoring Wells
D5521 Guide for Development of Ground-Water Monitoring Wells in Granular Aquifers
D6089 Guide for Documenting a Ground-Water Sampling Event
groundwater; groundwater sampling; indicator parameters; purging; water quality;
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