Creating a Maintenance Program


Your maintenance program tells you not just what to do and where, but when to do it.

The maintenance program is the section of the site sampling plan that communicates the minimum number of routine samples required for each monitoring period. The maintenance program will also describe the location of all routine samples needed to cover all areas in the distribution system, including areas of concern.The address of each site should be listed here, and the sites will be indicated on the distribution map.

The program will also give the sample collection schedule for systems that collect more than one sample per month, if your water system is required to collect more than one sample per month. Remember, samples should be collected at regular intervals, and not on the same day. The program should explain the monthly rotation cycle (if applicable). It is recommended to rotate through each sample site at least three or four times each year and designate five routine sampling sites that will be used for routine sampling the following month after the presence of coliforms has been confirmed.

The program should provide a description of the collection techniques used. This is to avoid false positives from improper collection. In the program, you will also find the schedule for flushing the lines in the distribution system. This is vital to reduce coliform and biofilm buildup. Systems with dead end lines should flush regularly.

In addition to all of this information, the maintenance program will include the name and telephone number of the person who prepared the sample site plan, as well as the date the plan was prepared, and any revision dates, if applicable.

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Sampling

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Basic Sampling Procedures

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