News and Information
April 2010

It's Spring!
Time to wake up
your equipment!

Tips on how to have your
equipment ready and fit for Spring

Ok, we agree, it is a bit early to talk spring, but not for sampling and monitoring ground and surface water. “Give me a break!” you say. You have not finished all your reports, and the streams, wells, and reservoirs are still frozen. Well, by talking about it now, we are giving you that break, but for spring. Let me elaborate.

What we are referring to is your equipment. Yep, those electronic gizmos sitting on your shelf collecting dust over the winter months that have been forgotten. That is, until the week before your first spring event. This is when we get most of the panicked calls about equipment not calibrating, turning on, or generally just being temperamental.

So, now is the time to think about this equipment, not next month, not the month after, now!

Here is a list of pointers to help you find out if you have any issues now, so you can have them resolved prior to loading the truck or flying out. Checking things out now will keep you from losing time and money in panicked overnight shipments for parts, calibrations, repairs, and possibly rental equipment to get you going when your stuff fails.

1. Turn It On:

Does it turn on? Does it need new batteries? Alkaline batteries left in equipment can off-gas over time, causing corrosion. Check them now.
If rechargeable, time to give it a good charge and test it out. Better to know now if that battery can hold a charge or if the charger is defunct.

2. O-Rings:

Yep, O-Rings! Any meter with submersible field changeable sensors are bound to have O-Rings to keep the water out of the connections. Take out the sensors, replace or re-silicone the O-rings (remember a little bit of silicone, just enough to make the O-ring sticky, not slippery). A word of warning; do not get silicone into the pins or actual contacts. You will do more harm than good!!

3. Sensor Check:

Water quality sensors such as pH and Dissolved Oxygen should be stored wet.

  Spring Wakeup

Never store in DI water! Never. Water is the “universal solvent”; DI water will kill sensors dead if they are left in it for a period of time. Clean with it, do not store with it!

pH storage solutions are available. In general, storing in pH 4 buffer is a safe bet, please check your manual!

Dissolved Oxygen can typically be stored with a sponge or with just a small layer of water in the storage chamber that does not directly contact the sensor. A small piece of sponge holds water longer.

4. Calibrate it Now:

Sure, you will have to calibrate again before you use it, but find out now if any sensors are out of whack, and if there are any that need repair or replacement, now is the time. Ground shipping is still far cheaper than Next Day Air (my skin crawls just saying it).

5. Other Stuff to Check:

a. Cables and connections. Any bent pins? Corrosion?

b. Communication cables. Still got them if you need them? Test them out.

c. Software. Any IT updates in your office knock your software out? Test.

d. Firmware updates. These fix bugs with equipment so they can function better.

This is just a basic list, and air quality instruments not used for a season will need the same love and attention as water quality instruments. If you use sampling pumps, time to break them out and give them a test, too. Remember, this equipment gets you your data, which is what you are out there for…right!?

If you run into issues, call us now, let’s figure out what happened together!

SS Geosub DC Sampling Pump

  SS Geosub

"Low flow sampling
from depths to 200 feet

The SS Geosub sampling pump is the most versatile single stage 12 Volt DC pump in the industry. Built with #316 stainless steel components for durability, the SS Geosub performs in a variety of demanding well conditions with confidence and is easy to sample with and decontaminate. With the SS Geosub Controller, the SS Geosub can sample from depths to 200 feet with low flow rates of 10 mL/min.

The Geotech SS Geosub Controller provides safe, conditioned variable DC output power from an AC power source to provide accurate and precise control over the pump. The SS Geosub Controller is available as a rental or for sale and is required to operate the SS Geosub pump. The SS Geosub Controller can operate from a 12 Volt DC power source with the optional Geotech DC to AC Inverter.

The SS Geosub is easy to operate and service in the field. Field replaceable motor lead kits, motors and pump electronics are available to keep your SS
Geosub working with minimal down time. Ask about portable reel systems and dedicated well systems to meet your site requirements.

Other features include:

  • 2/3 HP full load rating
  • Just 1.75” in diameter, the SS Geosub easily fits into 2” wells
  • User enabled dry-run protection
  • Safety cable integrated with 12 gauge conductors

Combine the SS Geosub and SS Geosub Controller with Geotech’s dispos-a-filter™ filter capsules, flow cells and tubing for a complete low flow sampling system. A large selection of generators and water quality meters are available from Geotech as well, ask us about our recommendations.

Read more about the Geotech SS Geosub and SS Geosub Controller.
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10th Annual Golf Tournament Announcement

Find out how to sign up for this year's
Geotech Charity Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Field Days
This June 24th and 25th, Geotech will once again present the Annual Geotech Field Days event. Equipment demos and hands-on training on a wide variety of Geotech state-of-the-industry instruments, plus food, drink, and comprehensive networking are all part of this prestigious event, provided WITHOUT CHARGE for our clients and their invited guests.

Other presenters this year include the most respected names in the environmental industry:
  AMS, Geotech Computer Systems, Grundfos, In-Situ, Ion Science, Nielsen Field School, Oakton, Pace Laboratory, RAE Systems, SonTek, Thermo Scientific and YSI. Dates, times and schedule to follow – watch for more information in upcoming newsletters and on our web site. Meanwhile, if there’s a particular instrument you’d like to try or technology you’d like to explore, let us by calling 1-800-833-7958 so we can get it onto the agenda. See you there!

Used Equipment Deals As a reminder,
always check our web site
for great deals on
used equipment.
As an active member of the environmental equipment community, Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. supports programs and organizations recognized as the preeminent resources of technological and science-based
advances in our industry.
Monitoring From the Summit to the Sea

April 25-29, 2010

NWQMC Seventh National Monitoring Conference

Monitoring From the Summit to the Sea

The National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) will host its Seventh National Monitoring Conference - Monitoring From the Summit to the Sea, April 25-29, 2010. The conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and water quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities.

For more information

Waste Expo 2

May 3-6, 2010

WasteExpo 2010

Be sure to join us at North America’s largest solid waste and recycling tradeshow serving both the private and public sectors.

With over 500 exhibitors, WasteExpo is your opportunity to see and compare all of the latest equipment and technology in the industry, all under one roof. With even more exhibitors on the show floor than before, you're bound to find the solutions you need.

For more information

The 2010 North American Environmental Field Conference and Exposition

May 4-5, 2010

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
2010 Environmental Trade Fair
and Conference

This annual event is Texas' premier environmental educational forum, considered by many to be one of the best in the country.

For more information

Florida Ground Water Association

May 6-8, 2010

2010 FGWA Annual Convention
& Trade Show

Mark your calendars! The date for the Florida Ground Water Association 2010 Convention and Trade Show has been set for May 6-8, 2010. With planning and development well underway, the 2010 convention promises to be an excellent experience for attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.

For more information


May 22-27, 2010

American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo 2010

New Frontiers in Science and Practice

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo is the “must attend” event for thousands of industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. Professionals have come to rely on AIHce as their source for professional development and networking for over 70 years.

For more information
Complimentary Pass from Geotech

Request your
Geotech Catalog now.

Call 1-800-833-7958

Geotech Catalog is now 336 pages long and features more than 115 NEW PRODUCTS, fully illustrated, with specification charts and tables included.

There is a large resource section featuring the conversion tables, formulas and other reference information that environmental professionals need and use.

The catalog is divided into 12 environmental product categories:

RENTAL & REPAIR – Geotech rents and services most of the equipment we sell.

WATER SAMPLING – Instruments, pumps and accessories for sampling water.

SOIL SAMPLING – Tools and kits for soil sampling.

WATER LEVEL & PRESSURE – Meters for measuring water and product levels.

WATER QUALITY – Instrumentation for measuring and monitoring groundwater.

AIR QUALITY – Instruments for measuring air quality.

GEOPHYSICAL – Instruments for measuring subsurface geology.

SAMPLE FILTRATION – Filters and filter holders for groundwater sampling.

FREE PHASE REMEDIATION – Skimmers for removing non-mixed petroleum from water

TOTAL FLUID & DISSOLVED PHASE REMEDIATION – Equipment and accessories for removing LNAPL, DNAPL and dissolved product from ground water.

VAPOR PHASE REMEDIATION – Equipment for removing subsurface organic vapors.

FIELD EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES – Generators, cleansers, tubing, safety gear, well accessories and much, much more.

Geotech Sales and Service Locations
2650 East 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80205
Phone: 1-800-833-7958
Local: 303-320-4764
Fax: 303-322-7242

1600 North Interstate 35e, Suite 114
Carrolton, Texas 75006-3813
Phone: 1-800-276-5325
Local: 972-245-6575
Fax: 972-245-8889

12165 Metro Parkway, Unit 25B
Fort Myers, Florida 33966
Phone: 1-800-304-5325
Local: 239-476-8891
Fax: 239-476-8893

10404 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 111
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
Phone: 1-800-293-5325
Local: 919-460-0604
Fax: 919-460-0984

1099 East Grand River Road, Suite 6
Williamston, Michigan 48895-9062
Phone: 1-800-275-5325
Local: 517-655-5616
Fax: 517-655-1157

15 Tigan Street, Suite 1503
Winooski, Vermont 05404
Phone: 1-800-558-5325
Local: 802-651-3050
Fax: 802-651-3051

Abat Escarré # 12 Local
Mollet del Vallés Barcelona 08100 España

Tel: 93 5445937
Fax: 93 5700535

To contact Geotech:
Phone: 1-800-833-7958 • Fax: 303-322-7242

Prices and promotions mentioned in this newsletter are valid through April 30, 2010.
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