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QUESTION: Can The LEAD Group's DIY-sampling kit be used for a TAFE Lead in Water project? 12 Aug 2008 NSW, Australia

I am student at Tafe doing a project in Lead in Water I need help:

The procedure to carry out this experiment

If DIY kit will help? If so what is the cost and procedure?

Any lab or contact information do you have? If so can you forward it.

Thanks and Regards


ANSWER: 13 Aug 2008

Hi Shivakumar,

Yes our DIY-sampling lead assessment kit will help if you want to collect samples of water from various sources and send them to a lab for lead analysis. The kits cost either Water Only Kit $100 or $85 for LEAD Group members for two samples, Basic Kit $120 or $100 for LEAD Group members for two samples or Comprehensive Kit $275 or $250 for LEAD Group members for 8 samples. The kit cost includes the lab analysis cost and you receive an instruction sheet including instructions for sampling drinking water. You could use the lead-free sample bottles that are supplied in the kit to collect other types of water samples if you prefer. If for instance you collected a waste water sample or recreational waters sample, I would then research the appropriate standards and add that information to our Interpretation sheet that I send you via email with the lab results. Our Interpretation sheet currently only contains information on the Australian Drinking Water Standard for lead. Let me know by phone or email if you would like to proceed with a credit card purchase of a kit.

In case you wish to obtain all your own lead-free sampling equipment, instructions and interpretations and organise more expensive lead analysis directly with a lab, the three NSW labs that test lead in waters are, in order, starting with the most expensive:

AGAL (Australian Govt. Analytical Laboratories), National Measurement Institute, 1 Suakin St, Pymble NSW 2073, phone 02 9449 0111.

Division of Analytical Laboratories (DAL) - Trace Metals, NSW Health Department. PO Box 162 Lidcombe NSW 2141 Australia,  Telephone: (02) 9646 0222 Fax: (02) 9646 0333

Sydney Analytical Laboratories - Watertest Pty Ltd, 1/4 Abbott Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147, Postal Address: PO Box 48, Ermington NSW 2115 Phone: (02) 9838 8903 Fax: (02) 9838 8919 Email Address 

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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