ASTM D8006 - 16

    Standard Guide for Sampling and Analysis of Residential and Commercial Water Supply Wells in Areas of Exploration and Production (E&P) Operations

    Active Standard ASTM D8006 | Developed by Subcommittee: D18.26

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.09


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 A supply well provides groundwater for household, domestic, commercial, agricultural, or industrial uses.

    4.2 Using a standardized protocol based on an existing industry standard or approved regulatory methods and procedures to collect water samples from a supply well is essential to obtain representative water quality data. These data can be critical to efforts to protect water uses, and human health, and identify changes when they occur. Use of this guide will help the project team to design and execute an effective water supply sampling program.

    4.3 It is important to understand the objectives of the sampling program before designing it. Water supplies may be sampled for various reasons including any or all of the following:

    (1) baseline sampling before an operation of concern,

    (2) periodic sampling during such an operation,

    (3) investigative responses to perceived changes in water quality, or

    (4) ongoing monitoring related to known or potential groundwater constituents of concern in the area.

    Sampling programs should be based on these objectives and be developed in coordination with the prospective laboratory(ies) to ensure its procedures, capabilities, and limitations meet the needs of the program, protect human health and fulfill regulatory requirements.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide presents a methodology for obtaining representative groundwater samples from domestic or commercial water wells that are in proximity to oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations. E&P operations include, but are not necessarily limited to, site preparation, drilling, completion, and well stimulation (including hydraulic fracturing), and production activities. The goal is to obtain representative groundwater samples from domestic or commercial water wells that can be used to identify the baseline groundwater quality and any subsequent changes that may be identified. While this guide focuses on baseline sampling in conjunction with oil and gas E&P activities, the principles and practices recommended are based on well-established methods that have been in use for many years in other industrial situations. This guide recommends sampling and analytical testing procedures that can identify various chemical species present including metals, dissolved gases (such as methane), hydrocarbons (and other organic compounds), as well as overall water quality.

    1.2 This guide provides information on typical residential and commercial water supply well systems and guidance on developing and implementing a sampling program, including determining sampling locations, suggested purging techniques, selection of potential analyses and laboratory certifications, data management, and integrity. It also includes guidance on personal safety. The information included pertains to baseline sampling before beginning any activities that could present potential risks to local aquifers, periodic sampling during and after such work, and ongoing monitoring relating to known or potential groundwater constituents in the area. This guide does not address policy issues related to frequency or timing of sampling or sampling distances from the wellhead. In addition, it does not address reporting limits, sample preservation, holding times, laboratory quality control, regulatory action levels, or interpretation of analytical results.

    1.3 These guidelines are not intended to replace or supersede regulatory requirements and technical methodology or guidance nor are these guidelines intended for inclusion by reference in regulations. Instances where this guide is in conflict with statutory or regulatory requirements, practitioners shall defer to the latter. These guidelines are intended to assist in developing sampling programs to meet project goals and objectives. However, site-specific conditions, regulatory requirements, site-specific health and safety issues, technical manuals and directives, and program data quality objectives should be evaluated and consulted along with the information contained in this guide for each individual site and sampling program.

    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 document be applied without consideration of a project’s many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.

    1.5 Users are responsible for investigating and identifying all the legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable for the location where the sampling is being performed.

    1.6 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 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.

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    D511 Test Methods for Calcium and Magnesium In Water

    D512 Test Methods for Chloride Ion In Water

    D516 Test Method for Sulfate Ion in Water

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D858 Test Methods for Manganese in Water

    D888 Test Methods for Dissolved Oxygen in Water

    D1067 Test Methods for Acidity or Alkalinity of Water

    D1068 Test Methods for Iron in Water

    D1125 Test Methods for Electrical Conductivity and Resistivity of Water

    D1246 Test Method for Bromide Ion in Water

    D1293 Test Methods for pH of Water

    D1687 Test Methods for Chromium in Water

    D1976 Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively-Coupled Argon Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

    D2330 Test Method for Methylene Blue Active Substances

    D2908 Practice for Measuring Volatile Organic Matter in Water by Aqueous-Injection Gas Chromatography

    D2972 Test Methods for Arsenic in Water

    D3082 Test Method for Boron in Water

    D3223 Test Method for Total Mercury in Water

    D3557 Test Methods for Cadmium in Water

    D3559 Test Methods for Lead in Water

    D3648 Practices for the Measurement of Radioactivity

    D3859 Test Methods for Selenium in Water

    D3920 Test Method for Strontium in Water

    D4191 Test Method for Sodium in Water by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

    D4192 Test Method for Potassium in Water by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

    D4327 Test Method for Anions in Water by Suppressed Ion Chromatography

    D4382 Test Method for Barium in Water, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry, Graphite Furnace

    D4658 Test Method for Sulfide Ion in Water

    D5673 Test Method for Elements in Water by Inductively Coupled PlasmaMass Spectrometry

    D5907 Test Methods for Filterable Matter (Total Dissolved Solids) and Nonfilterable Matter (Total Suspended Solids) in Water

    D5980 Guide for Selection and Documentation of Existing Wells for Use in Environmental Site Characterization and Monitoring

    D7315 Test Method for Determination of Turbidity Above 1 Turbidity Unit (TU) in Static Mode

    D7678 Test Method for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in Water and Wastewater with Solvent Extraction using Mid-IR Laser Spectroscopy


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8006-16

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    ASTM D8006-16, Standard Guide for Sampling and Analysis of Residential and Commercial Water Supply Wells in Areas of Exploration and Production (E&P) Operations, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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