If you have a Total Coliform or E Coli Positive sample from a routine water sample:
- The first box of 3 samples were "Repeat" samples - look for the "RPOR, RPUP, and RPDN" or "Repeat" on the sample submission form.
- The next set of samples are "Temporary Routine" samples - look for the "TR" or "Temporary Routine" on the sample submission form. The Temporary Routine samples should be collected the month following a positive sample. You must collect no less than 5 samples the month following a positive sample.
The number of "TR" samples you receive is based on how many routine samples you collect each month:
- If you collect two routine samples a month you will receive 3 "TR " samples to bring your total collections for the next month to five
- If you collect three routine samples a month you will receive 2 "TR" samples to bring your total collections for the next month to five, etc.
These samples will be mailed to you around the first of the month they are to be collected. They can be collected throughout the month anywhere on your site plan and collected as you would a routine sample. It is advised to collect them on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday not preceding a holiday. They must all be returned to the lab by the end of the scheduled month. Failure to collect and return five samples in a month following a positive sample will result in a monitoring violation.