2014 Volunteer Instructions—old?

KAWARTHA  LAKE  STEWARDS  ASSOCIATION WATER  TESTINGVOLUNTEER  INSTRUCTIONSMay 10, 2014 

E.COLI TEST PAYMENT

I am remitting fees for 2014 testing

Payment is due by July 1

My name _____________________________

Email ____________________________

 

Exact name of my cottage association: _______________________________________

 

Address _________________________________________________

Postal code _____________

I am paying 2014 test fees of  $60 per site  for ______ sites as follows:

 

Lake_________________________________________

Site Number(s) __________________________________

Lake _________________________________________

Site number(s)___________________________________

Lake__________________________________________

Site number(s)___________________________________

 

__    In addition, my association is including a donation to support KLSA in its work of water quality monitoring, research, and public education.  Your association will be honoured as a donor in the next KLSA Annual Water Quality Report.

__    I would like to become a member of Kawartha Lake Stewards Association. This would qualify me to receive a mailed copy of the KLSA Annual Water Quality Report.

 

 

Test fees                              $_______________

 

Membership

Individual $20                      $_______________

 

Student $10                         $_______________

 

Association donation             $_______________

 

TOTAL                                  $_______________

 

 

I wish to receive a mailed copy of the next KLSA Annual Water Quality Report   Yes___        No___

 

 

Please mail cheque(s) to:

Mike Stedman, KLSA Treasurer
24 Charles Court
Lakefield, ON   K0L 2H0

 

KAWARTHA  LAKE  STEWARDS  ASSOCIATION WATER  TESTINGVOLUNTEER  INSTRUCTIONSMay 10, 2014 

KLSA East End Program Coordinator:Kathleen Mackenziekmm.viola@gmail.com

Home:  (705) 651-1083

Cottage:  (705) 654-3051

Kathleen Mackenziekmm.viola@gmail.comHome:  (705) 651-1083Cottage:  (705) 654-3051
KLSA West End Program Coordinator: Douglas Erlandsondouglas.erlandson@gmail.comHome and Cottage:  (705) 341-8645

 

 

 

TESTING SCHEDULE, SUMMER 2014

DATE PHOSPHORUS E.COLI SECCHI   DISC
By May 18 xxx Please try to take your Secchi measurements every 2 weeks from May 1 to Oct. 1
Near June 1 xxx
Tuesday, July 2 xxx xxx
Monday, July 21 xxx
Monday, July 28 xxx
Tuesday, Aug 5 xxx xxx
Monday,  Aug 11 xxx
Tuesday, Sep. 2 xxx xxx
Near Oct. 1 xxx

 

Cost:   The cost of E.coli testing is $60 per site for the season (6 tests per site).

           Payment is due by July 1, 2014.  Please use the form on page 1.

 

Introduction

The Kawartha Lake Stewards Association (KLSA) is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization of cottagers, year-round residents and local business owners in the Kawartha Lakes region.  The Association was initially established to provide a coordinated approach to lake water monitoring by testing for phosphorus, water clarity and E.coli bacteria during the spring, summer and fall.  While the activities of the Association have expanded significantly over the years, lake water monitoring continues to be a focal point.  This document provides detailed instructions for the many volunteers involved in KLSA water testing.

Each volunteer will need two parts to their instructions. This first section contains information applicable throughout the region. Annex A and B provide information applicable to the Eastern and Western Kawartha Lakes respectively.

 

Payment for E.coli Tests

Phosphorus testing and Secchi disc measurements are conducted under the auspices of the Provincial Lake Partner Program. Although many KLSA volunteers are involved in the collection of samples and measurements, there is no direct cost incurred.

 

E.coli testing is coordinated by the KLSA but funded by individual lake, cottage and road associations, local organizations or interested individuals.  The annual cost is $60 per site for the six tests that are conducted at each site between July and September.

Payment for E.coli tests sites is due by July 1st; please remit payment using the form on page 1.  It is essential that you clearly identify the portion of your payment that is for E.coli testing and name the associated sites.

 

Phosphorus and Secchi Testing – General Guidance

The phosphorus and Secchi testing is conducted under the auspices of the Provincial Lake Partner Program.  Test kits are mailed directly to those involved in the program.  Water samples and Secchi measurements are returned to the Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre by mail.

Detailed instructions for the conduct of phosphorus and Secchi testing are included with the test kits.  Following are a few brief points that will assist in planning your participation:

 

  • You should receive your testing kit by the end of April. If you have not, please contact the Lake Partner Program (lakepartner@ontario.ca, 1-800-470-8322).
  • Samples for phosphorus testing are collected on or around the first of the month, May to October; 6 tests in total.  The exception is May, which is better in the middle, when the lakes have mixed.
  • The May test is important because it establishes a baseline for the year.  If you can’t get out in May, please ensure you test at the beginning of June.
  • Try to follow the schedule as closely as possible.  If you cannot sample on the suggested date, please do so as close as possible to the suggested date; either before or after.  Try not to miss a date, particularly June to September; those four measurements are critical.
  • Be consistent.  Take your samples and Secchi readings at the same location, at the same time of day and to the maximum extent possible in similar weather.
  • Please label your sample exactly as it is in the list below.  These are long established site names and it is important that they be retained to enable a year-to-year comparison.  Do not change the wording as it is very confusing for the Lake Partner people who are dealing with hundreds of samples.  For example, “Clear Lake: Mackenzie Bay” is good; “middle of Mackenzie Bay” is confusing.
  • If you are collecting samples at multiple sites be very careful not to mix up the samples, and ensure that they are labeled correctly.
  • You are welcome to send in your Secchi readings with each phosphorus sample rather than waiting until the end of the year when they can be forgotten.
  • At the end of the season, if you have leftover kits please return them with your last sample; they can be recycled and reused.  As well, please return the filter and associated equipment.
  • Annual data reports are available on the Lake Partner Program website in January, on the FOCA website and published in the KLSA Annual Report.
  • If you are unable to do the testing next year and have been unable to find a replacement, please contact one of the KLSA coordinators.

 

KLSA Phosphorus Test Sites

Please use these exact site names when you label your water samples.

 

Balsam Lake E of Grand Is
Balsam Lake Lightning Point
Balsam Lake N Bay Rocky Pt.
Balsam Lake W Bay2, deep spot
Balsam Lake South Bay-Killarney Bay
Big Bald Lake mid-lake, deep spot
Big Cedar Lake Mid lake, deep spot
Buckhorn L (U) Buckhorn Narrows, red buoy C310
Buckhorn L (U): mid, 30m from shore
Cameron Lake E end, deep spot
Cameron Lake South end
Chemong Lake S. of Causeway
Chemong Lake S end, deep spot
Chemong Lake Poplar Pt.
Clear Lake Bryson’s Bay
Clear Lake Mackenzie Bay
Clear Lake Main basin
Clear Lake Fiddler’s Bay
Julian Lake mid-lake
Katchewanooka Young Pt near locks
Katchewanooka SE Douglas Island
Lovesick Lake 80’ hole at N End
Lovesick Lake MacCallum Is
Lower Buckhorn L Deer Bay – centre
Lower Buckhorn L. Heron Is.
Lower Buckhorn L Deer Bay W – Buoy C267
Pigeon Lake Con 17 N end, Adjacent Con 17
Pigeon Lake Middle, Sandy Pt. & Boyd Is.
Pigeon L NPLRA N-400 m N of Boyd Is.
Pigeon  Lake C340 off Dead Horse Shoal
Pigeon Lake N-300 yds off Bottom Is.
Pigeon Lake South end
Sandy Lake mid-lake, deep spot
Stony Lake Mouse Is.
Stony Lake Hamilton Bay
Stony Lake Gilchrist Bay
Stony Lake Burleigh Channel
Sturgeon Lake S. of Fenelon R-Buoy N5
Sturgeon Lake Sturgeon Point Buoy
Sturgeon Lake Snug Harbour-Buoy CP6
Sturgeon Lake Muskrat Is.at Buoy C388
Upper Stoney L mid-lake, deep spot
Upper Stoney L Quarry Bay
Upper Stoney L South Bay
Upper Stoney L Young’s Bay
Upper Stoney L Crowe’s Landing
White Lake S end, deep spot

 

E.coli Testing – General Instructions

E.coli testing is coordinated by the KLSA but funded by individual lake, cottage and road associations, local organizations or interested individuals.  Lake associations are encouraged to oversee the testing on their lake and endeavor to ensure a reasonable distribution of test sites by encouraging individual cottage and road associations to participate by sponsoring a site in their area.

Six E.coli water samples are collected at each site throughout the summer commencing immediately after Canada Day and concluding after Labour Day.  The intent is to collect the samples after busy weekends when there has been substantial activity on the lakes.  Refer to the schedule on Page 2 for sampling dates.

 

Selection of E.coli Test Sites

E.coli testing is funded by individual lake, cottage and road associations, local organizations or interested individuals and those same entities are responsible for selection of E.coli test sites.  To ensure the overall effectiveness of the program, lake associations are encouraged to oversee the testing on their lake and endeavor to ensure a reasonable distribution of test sites by encouraging individual cottage and road associations to participate by sponsoring a site in their area.  Following are some considerations when selecting E.coli test sites:

 

  • The water should be 1 to 1 ½ metres deep (3 to 5 feet).  In shallower areas there is the risk of getting sediment in the sample.
  • Generally, you will want to test in areas where there may be a problem such as:
    • Areas of poor circulation, such as quiet bays
    • Inflows from agricultural areas
    • Inflows from wetlands
    • Areas where waterfowl are numerous
    • Marinas
    • Areas where live-aboard boats dock
    • Popular swimming areas (although the Public Health Unit tests most ‘public beaches’)
    • Areas where you might expect change or development in the near future
    • Inflows in general, as upstream conditions may change unexpectedly
  • Avoid changing sites haphazardly.  Data will be more valuable if sites are maintained from year to year to provide a baseline, identify long-term trends and observe the effect of weather on E.coli counts.
  • Notwithstanding the previous consideration, if, after three or four years, a site proves to have extremely low counts, it may be appropriate to dedicate the resources to another site of greater concern.
  • Identify sites in a logical fashion and ensure that site identifiers are used consistently from year to year.  Do not reuse an old site identifier for a new site.  Assign a new unique identifier to a new site.

 

Laboratories

The KLSA E.coli test program utilizes two laboratories for the analysis of E.coli water samples.

Samples collected in the Eastern Kawartha Lakes – generally the east shore of Pigeon Lake and east – are analyzed at SGS Lakefield.  Detailed instructions for those taking samples to SGS Lakefield are provided in Annex A.  KLSA E.coli testing in the Eastern Kawartha Lakes is coordinated by Kathleen Mackenzie.  Refer to page 2 for contact information.

Samples collected in the Western Kawartha Lakes – generally the West Shore of Pigeon Lake and west – are analyzed at the Centre for Alternative Waste Water Treatment (CAWT) at Fleming College in Lindsay.  Detailed instructions for those taking samples to the Centre for Alternative Waste Water Treatment are provided in Annex B.  KLSA E.coli testing in the Eastern Kawartha Lakes is coordinated by Douglas Erlandson.  Refer to page 2 for contact information.

At the start of the season, volunteers can decide which laboratory they prefer to use but then must continue to use the same laboratory for the remainder of the season.

 

Bottles, Labels and Chain of Custody Forms.

Bottles, labels and Chain of Custody forms will be available for pick-up at the KLSA Annual Spring Meeting.  Note that there are slightly different requirements depending which laboratory you are using so please ensure that you get the correct materials.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are unable to have somebody pick up the materials for you, please contact the coordinator for your region.  Refer to Page 2 for contact information.

Bottles are also available at the laboratories and can be picked up in small quantities (less than 15) when samples are delivered for analysis.  If you require a large number of bottles, contact the laboratory to place an order.

E.coli Log

Volunteers conducting E.coli testing are asked to maintain an E.coli log to record weather conditions and other factors that may affect the E.coli count.  A record of recent rainfall is particularly important because heavy rain tends to flush contaminants into the lakes.  The E.coli log form is included in Annex A and B.  Please complete the form throughout the summer and submit it at the end of the season.

 

Collection of E.coli Samples

The section provides general guidance for the collection of E.coli water samples.  Careful adherence to these guidelines is essential to minimize the possibility of contaminating water samples.  Remember, healthy human faecal material contains about l00 million E.coli per ¼ tsp.  Even when you’re clean, you’re germy.  Skin or clothing can easily contaminate.  Adhere to the following protocol when collecting water samples for E.coli testing.

  1. If you are collecting more than one sample, mark the bottle with a waterproof marker so that you can affix the correct label after the sample is collected.
  2. When collecting the sample, use a clean pair of nitrile/latex gloves. If gloves are not available, wash your hands with soap and water before collecting the sample. Unscrew the lid and collect the sample from a representative location. Do not place the cap where it can become contaminated. Do not let the open mouth or neck of the bottle touch any clothing, fingers or unsterile objects before or after collection of the sample. Don’t breathe in the direction of the sample. Turn your head to the side while the sample is being collected.
  3. Using a wand or holding the bottle near the base, plunge it neck down to a depth of 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) below the surface.  The water should be 1 to 1½ metres (3 to 5 feet) deep at the test site.  The bottle should then be turned so the neck points slightly upwards with the mouth directed toward the current.  If no current exists, push the bottle horizontally forward in a direction away from your hands. (You do not want water that has touched your hand to flow into the bottle.) Try not to let wash off the hull of your boat flow into the bottle.
  4. Fill the bottle about 90% full.  If you overfill it, don’t pour out; ‘flip’ it out.  As quickly as possible, carefully replace the cap again ensuring that you do not touch the neck of the bottle or the inside of the cap.  Ensure that the cap is tight.
  5. Keep the samples cool; approximately 5 degrees C (38 degrees F) which is refrigerator temperature.  Do not freeze.  It is recommended that you have an insulated container and ice packs with you when collecting and transporting the samples.  Ice packs are better than ice cubes because they do not create a pool of water (potential source of contamination) around the sampling bottles.
  6. Enter the appropriate data on a KLSA label (sample ID, the volunteer who collected the sample, and the date and time) and affix the label to the bottle.  To affix the label, you may have to dry the outside of the bottle.  Do so carefully avoiding contact with the neck and cap.
  7. Complete the E.coli log.
  8. Deliver the samples to the appropriate laboratory in accordance with the detailed instructions outlined in the applicable annex.

 

When Will You See the Results?

E.coli test results will be emailed from the laboratories to the Eastern or Western Coordinator as applicable within two to three days of the samples being submitted for analysis.  The coordinators will distribute the results to all of the volunteers and points of contact in their region.  Volunteers are encouraged to further distribute the results to their lake, cottage or road associations and interested parties.  The goal is to maximize distribution of the results, create awareness of the program and develop an understanding of the potential water quality concerns.

Be sure to maintain a record of the results for your sites.  Although the KLSA publishes an annual Lake Water Quality Report, keeping a record of your results is ultimately your responsibility.

What do the Results Really Mean?

Results of the E.coli testing will be presented as the total number of E.coli colony forming units per 100 milliliters (E.coli CFU per 100 mL).  The following examples will assist in the interpretation of the results:

  • The safe swimming level (at which public beaches are posted) is 100 E.coli CFU per 100 mL.  This is related to approximately 7 incidents of waterborne disease per 1000 swimming events.  If 10 children went swimming 14 times over a period of time, that would be 140 swimming events, and it would be very likely that one child would experience a waterborne disease (1 per 140 = 7 per 1000) such as gastrointestinal problems or an outer ear infection.  Counts of over 100 are considered significant.
  • As stated in the KLSA reports, the KLSA is of the opinion that our lakes should normally be cleaner than a public beach, and we have set the trigger for retesting at 50 E.coli CFU per 100 mL.
  • How serious is a count of 10 or 25?  Firstly, bacteria tend to clump, so three samples out of the same bottle might give readings of, for example 10, 25, and 6.  Anything under 20 can be considered low and 5 really isn’t much different than 20.  Secondly, high counts can be very temporary; they may be caused by a child or a wild animal (some children might be classified by their parents/grandparents as ‘wild animals’ but in this context we are referring to beaver, geese, etc.).
  • Counts between 20 and100 that happen only occasionally are likely not of concern.
  • Counts which remain over 50 for two or three weeks are unusual for our lakes and warrant further investigation in an attempt to identify the source of the E.coli.

 

What Do You Do if You Have a High Count?

As a general rule, the KLSA policy is that counts over 50 E.coli CFU per 100 mL should trigger a retest.  In the event of a high count, a KLSA Coordinator  will contact the volunteer responsible for the site to determine if a retest is both required and feasible.  If a decision is made to retest, ideally the retest should be conducted as soon as possible after the original test and should consist of three to five separate samples collected at the same site.

In the event of high retest counts, the responsible volunteer in consultation with a KLSA Coordinator will discuss possible courses of action.   Attached is a draft letter that can be used when addressing high counts in your area.

Neither the volunteer tester nor KLSA has any legal obligation to report high E.coli counts to anyone. Locations of sites are known only to the tester. It is up to the tester and his/her community to decide who they would like to inform regarding the high counts, and what if any remedial action they would like to take.

 

 

 

KLSA    E.coli  Log  _________

(Year)

 

Name of Tester___________________________   Name of Lake______________________________

Please use this form to record weather conditions and other factors that may affect the E.coli count.  A record of recent rainfall is particularly important because heavy rain tends to flush contaminants into the lakes.  Please complete the form throughout the summer and submit it at the end of the season.  Completed forms can be passed to the KLSA Coordinator for your area or sent directly to Kathleen Mackenzie at the following address:

Kathleen Mackenzie               kmm.viola@gmail.com

Box 146  54 Stewart Drive,

Lakefield, ON  K0L 2H0                    Thank you very much for your help!

 

Date C=calmR=ripplesW=wavy Rain in past48 hr:N=noneL=lightH=heavy Presence of animals nearby, including birds or farm animals Other Observations

Annex D

KAWARTHA LAKE STEWARDS ASSOCIATION

 

 

DATE:

 

TO:

 

FROM:           (Enter your name as the KLSA Volunteer responsible for the test site)

Volunteer

Kawartha Lake Stewards Association

 

RE:                  High E.coli Levels in Nearby Lake Water

 

The Kawartha Lake Stewards Association (KLSA) is an organization of volunteers who monitor water quality on the Kawartha Lakes.  One of the parameters we test is E.coli, a bacteria which is an indicator of faecal pollution from warm-blooded animals.  Our volunteers collect water samples at over 100 sites, six times per year, on a number of the Kawartha Lakes.  The samples are tested by an accredited laboratory. Results are reported to the KLSA Coordinator and to the KLSA Volunteer who submitted the sample.

Recently, the results of the KLSA testing showed high E.coli counts in your region, specifically:

 

DATE LOCATION E.coli/100 mL

 

To put the results in perspective:

  • 100 E.coli per 100 mL (based on a geometric average of 5 readings) is the level at which public beaches are posted unsafe for swimming.
  • KLSA believes that an    level in excess of 50 E.coli per 100 mL on the Kawartha Lakes is cause for concern and warrants further investigation.

Neither the KLSA nor the Peterborough County-City Health Unit [or Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit as appropriate] is required to report or act on high bacterial counts in surface waters. The Health Unit does monitor bacterial levels in drinking water, and in swimming water at lifeguarded public beaches; however, bacterial levels in surface water are considered a ‘natural hazard,’ along with slippery rocks or sharp zebra mussels.  We the public use our lakes at our own risk.

Results of all KLSA tests are published in our annual report (see www.klsa.wordpress.com) but sample sites are given code names so that specific locations are not identifiable.

If you are concerned about these high counts, here are some things you may want to do:

  • Try to identify the source of the bacteria.  It might be from waterfowl, or water flowing from an area with a high concentration of wildlife such as wetlands or a large lawn adjacent to the lake that attracts a large concentration of geese.  It might be from a malfunctioning septic system.  If there is evidence that the source of the bacteria is the result of a malfunctioning septic system, you should contact the local Health Unit.  The KLSA would be interested in your ideas on why counts were high.

 

  • Try to lower bacterial levels.  If waterfowl (Canada geese, seagulls) seem to be the problem, there are a number of deterrents.  If too much runoff seems to be the problem, perhaps local shorelines need more vegetation.  If a stream from a wetland area is the source, perhaps you need to be aware of bacteria levels, and swim in an area further from the inflow.  Often counts are high only after a heavy rainfall.

The KLSA, unfortunately, does not have the expertise to identify sources of bacteria, or identify methods that will be guaranteed to decrease bacterial counts.  We do, however, have some information that we can provide to you if you are interested in pursuing these issues.

Bacteria levels can change quickly from hour to hour and from place to place. These results are valid only for the times and locations tested.

KLSA advises shoreline residents if five samples taken at one location and time have a geometric average of over 100 E.coli/100 mL; however, KLSA collects samples at each location a maximum of six times per summer.  If you are concerned about the water quality in your area, you may want to conduct more frequent testing.

 

We hope you find this information useful.  Please contact me or the KLSA Coordinator for your area if you would like to discuss the results or obtain additional information.

 

KLSA East End Program Coordinator: Kathleen Mackenziekmm.viola@gmail.comHome:  (705) 651-1083Cottage:  (705) 654-3051
KLSA West End Program Coordinator: Douglas Erlandsondouglas.erlandson@gmail.comHome and Cottage:  (705) 341-8645

 

Sincerely,

 

 

(Enter your name as the KLSA Volunteer responsible for the test site)

Volunteer

Kawartha Lake Stewards Association

(Your phone number or email address)

 

 

Annex A: East Kawartha Lakes

Additional Instructions

 

 

Eastern Kawartha Lakes – SGS Lakefield

This annex provides additional instructions for the Eastern Kawartha Lakes (generally the east shore of Pigeon Lake and east), specifically volunteers who take their samples to SGS Lakefield for analysis.

Location

The SGS Lakefield Laboratory is located at 185 Concession Street.  Go south on Concession St from Queen Street almost to the end. The lab has moved from the trailer to the building beside, which has an orange stripe around it. Park in the 3 spaces for “Drop Off for Environmental Samples) and take the samples in the Customer Service door. Hours are M – F 7:30 – 4 (delivery must be before 2 pm).

 

Collection of Samples

Samples must be collected in accordance with the protocol outlined in the main body of the KLSA Volunteer Instructions.  Be particularly careful to avoid contaminating the lid or neck of the bottle.  As soon as the sample is collected, it should be placed in a cooler with ice packs until the sample is delivered to the laboratory.

On scheduled KLSA test dates, there is no need to contact the laboratory; however, for late tests and retests conducted on unscheduled test dates, please contact the laboratory the day before the intended delivery.  Contact numbers and email addresses are listed below.

All samples must be taken between July 1 and September 20, for invoicing purposes.

Bottles can be picked up at the May 10 KLSA meeting. You can pick up 15 bottles or less at any time at SGS Lakefield Laboratory. If you want to pick up more than 15, please order them 2 weeks ahead of time. To order, contact Kim Didsbury  kim.didsbury@sgs.com 705-652-2114. Be sure to have  at least 6 extra in case of contamination or retests.

The SGS Lakefield Laboratory is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays. If you test the day before you bring them into the lab, keep the samples refrigerated overnight, and deliver to the lab within 18 hours of testing.

Samples must arrive at the laboratory no later than 2 PM on the day that they were collected.  If you are late, contact the laboratory and try to coordinate a later delivery.

Chain of Custody Form

The Chain of Custody form for SGS Lakefield and a sample of a completed form are included at the end of this annex.  You must use these forms as they have been customized for KLSA, simplifying the paperwork at the laboratory and minimizing the cost for KLSA.  Be sure to include the exact Association Name on the Chain of Custody form in accordance with the list below.

All samples delivered to SGS Lakefield must be accompanied by a completed Chain of Custody form (one form per delivery) listing each sample by Sample Identifier (location code), Date, Time, Number of Bottles and Analysis Required (E.coli).  All sample bottles must be individually labeled with a KLSA label showing the Sample ID, the volunteer who collected the sample, and the date and time.

Association Names for SGS Lakefield Chain of Custody Forms

Big Bald Lake

Big Cedar Lake

Buckhorn Lake: Buckhorn Sands

Clear Lake: Birchcliff Property Owners

Clear Lake: Kawartha Park

Katchewanooka Lake

Lovesick Lake

Lower Buckhorn Lake

Pigeon Lake: Concession 17 Cottagers’ Assoc.

Pigeon Lake: North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers’ Assoc.

Pigeon Lake: Victoria Place

Sandy Lake & Little Bald Lake: Harvey Lakeland Estates

Sandy Lake: Fire Route 48Stony Lake: Assoc. Stony Lake Cottagers

Upper Stoney Lake

 

SGS Contact Information

Kim Didsbury  705-652-2114   Kim.Didsbury@sgs.com

 

 

 

 

Annex B:West Kawartha Lakes

                  Additional Instructions

 

 

Western Kawartha Lakes –

Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT),  Lindsay

 

This annex provides additional instructions for the Western Kawartha Lakes (generally the west shore of Pigeon Lake and west), specifically volunteers who take their samples to the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment in Lindsay for analysis.

 

Location

The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) Laboratory is located at Fleming College, Frost Campus, at the south end of Albert Street, Lindsay, ON.  From either Angeline Street South or Lindsay Street South access Mary Street and then turn south on Albert Street.  Albert Street will take you to the front entrance of the College.

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Upon arrival at the College, enter the building through the main doors at the top of the cement stairs.  Proceed straight ahead and down the interior stairs.  At the bottom of the first flight of stairs continue straight ahead and you will find the lab on your left.  Somebody from the lab will meet you to receive the samples.  If required, there is a phone at the door of the lab that will allow you to contact a member of the staff.

Collection of Samples

Samples must be collected in accordance with the protocol outlined in the main body of the KLSA Volunteer Instructions.

On scheduled KLSA test dates, there is no need to contact the laboratory; however, for late tests and retests conducted on unscheduled test dates, please contact the laboratory the day before the intended delivery.  Contact numbers and email addresses are listed below.

The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) Laboratory can only accept samples Monday to Thursday (excluding holidays) and samples must arrive at the laboratory no later than 12 PM on the day that they were collected.  If you are late, contact the laboratory and try to coordinate a later delivery.

Chain of Custody Form

The Chain of Custody form for the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment and a sample of a completed form are included at the end of this annex.

All samples delivered to the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment must be accompanied by a completed Chain of Custody form (one form per delivery) listing each sample by Sample Code (location code), Date, Time, Number of Bottles, and Analysis Required (E.coli).  All sample bottles must be individually labeled with a KLSA label showing the Sample ID, the volunteer who collected the sample, and the date and time.

Contact Information

Stephane Collins, CAWT Operations Manager
705-324-9l44 ext. 3460

Heather Broadbent, CAWT Lab Technologist
705-324-9144 ext. 3267

Joy Zhu, CAWT Lab Technician
705-324-9144 ext. 3091

 

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