How to use Sedimate?

Every Sedimate is supplied with a number of Field Sample bottles and is ready to use straight out of the box. The Field Sample bottles fit tightly into Sedimate and are flat-sided to minimise distortion. Using Sedimate to gauge discharge water quality takes mere seconds and couldn’t be easier. Below is the simple step-by-step guide to using Sedimate.

Using Sedimate

To ensure the best reliability, particularly when compiling a compliance record of Field Sample collections, it is advisable to always collect the Field Sample in the same location. Even water containing treatment chemicals can be gauged using Sedimate.

 The only consideration when collecting a Field Sample, aside from Health and Safety of course, is that the Sample is collected as close as possible to the discharge point from the established treatment system (floating decant, perforated snorkel, spillway etc.).

Health and safety is of paramount importance; appropriate safety measures must be employed when collecting the Calibration Sample.

  1. The only equipment you will need is:
    • A Field Sample bottle;
    • The Sedimate specific to your location;
    • A long reach sample collection device may also be beneficial.
  2. Collect the Sample from close to the discharge point as possible, holding the bottle slightly below the water surface.
  3. Secure the lid on the bottle tightly, and clean and dry the bottle before placing in Sedimate.
  4. Shake the Sedimate thoroughly to re-suspend the sediment in the calibrated samples.
  5. Place the Sample in one of the holes in the top of the Sedimate, hold the Sedimate up to light and visually inspect the sample.
  6. Remove the sample, place in the other hole in the top of the Sedimate. Hold the Sedimate up to light and visually inspect the sample.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until satisfied that the sample is a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
This process can be repeated as often as desired to ensure that the discharge quality does not exceed the prescribed limit. The Field Sample bottles can be rinsed with clean water and reused. For your convenience, these instructions are printed (in brief) on each Sedimate.