Discrete Interval Sampling

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1.66" ø Discrete Interval Samplers with High Pressure Hand Pump

The Solinst Model 425 Discrete Interval Sampler (DIS) is a stainless steel sampler, with LDPE tubing mounted on the convenient Solinst reel. The reel has a pressure attachment for a high pressure hand pump, and a pressure/vent switch which is used to apply and release the pressure on the sampler. A sample release device is included with each Discrete Interval Sampler.



The sampler is pressurized before being lowered into the well to prevent water flowing into the sampler. Once the desired depth is reached, the pressure is released and hydrostatic pressure fills the sampler with water directly from the sampling zone. A floating checkball inside the 1.66"ø (42 mm) and 1"ø (25 mm)samplers prevents water from entering the tubing, thus avoiding the need to decontaminate the tubing.

When the sampler is filled, it can be repressurized and raised to the surface. The sample is decanted using the sample release device, which regulates flow and minimizes degassing of the sample. The sampler is easily disassembled for decontamination.

Biodegradable disposable PVC bailers and stainless steel Point Source Bailers are also available from Solinst (see Model 428 BioBailer & 429 Point Source Bailer Data Sheets).


Discrete Interval No-Purge Sampling


Discrete interval sampling is ideal for obtaining truly representative water samples and for obtaining samples of product (LNAPL and DNAPL). The DIS is ideal for groundwater sampling from below an oil/product layer on the surface of the water, as it allows a sample to be obtained which is untouched by the oil.

Discrete Interval Sampling is also used to profile open bodies of water, open boreholes and screened wells, and to collect samples from distinct levels or points of inflow. Mixing of water from different levels in the well is minimized.

The Model 425 Discrete Interval sampler is also recognized as a no-purge sampler. No-purge, also known as zero-purge or passive sampling methods, have gained acceptance by many regulatory agencies worldwide for obtaining high quality groundwater samples.

These sampling methods are based on the principle that groundwater which flows into a well, maintains equilibrium with the adjacent water bearing unit. Sampling at the discrete interval should result in representative samples, without the need for purging.