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Sampling and Testing for Water Treatment

Correct sampling practices are essential for accurate knowledge and quality control. The WSP Environmental Training Centre delivers a Drinking Water Sampling and testing course to demonstrate the principles and practices behind collecting and transporting representative samples for testing.


The Sampling course introduces drinking water quality and compliance monitoring with an opportunity to achieve NZQA unit standard 17890: Undertake sampling and testing procedures for water treatment.

Course content covers:
  • Introduction to the importance of sampling
  • Requirements of the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand
  • Practical, on-site testing
  • Sampling practices to avoid contamination
  • Sample labeling, handling, storage and transportation
  • Record keeping

Assessment information

The course provides theory and practical assessment on the day of the course. To complete the requirements of the unit standard attendees are to supply evidence of sampling in the workplace which is to be completed within an agreed timeframe. 

Who should attend

This course is designed for staff involved in monitoring and compliance activities such as water operations, laboratory technicians, health protection and those upskilling to be "suitably qualified personnel".

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