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April 2013

It's Spring!
Time for an equipment check-up!

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

Spring Check-up

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.

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 overnight 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 you need to start working together!


Geotech is Trading!

Trade-in any…
water level meter, interface meter,
peristaltic pump, bladder pump and controller,
electrical submersible pump and controller,

and receive a 10% off list price discount on the equivalent NEW Geotech product.
Call Geotech to find out what your old equipment is worth and arrange your trade-in!



Geotech March 2013 Photo Competition Winner

Railyard Scavenger

Patricia Dubay
, staff geologist with EnviroSense, Inc., took this photo of a custom built Scavenger used to remove #2 fuel from a 2" well located in a railroad storage yard at a site in Massachusetts. "Fuel oil is pumped approximately a hundred feet across four railroad spurs for storage in drums for disposal."

Past Photo Competition Winners
February 2013
February 2013 Winner

January 2013
January 2012 Winner

December 2012
December 2012 Winner

November 2012
November 2012 Winner

October 2012
October 2012 Photo Competition Winner

September 2012
August 2012 Winner
August 2012
August 2012 Winner
June 2012
June 2012 Photo Competition Winner

May 2012
May 2012 Winner

Take a Picture
Enter the Geotech
Product Photo Competition!

Win valuable prizes and have some fun taking
action shots of people using
Geotech brand equipment!
Take as many pictures as you like!
A $100 gift card will be awarded each month!
Winning photos will be published in
Geotech's monthly electronic newsletter
and on the web site.

What constitutes a winning photograph? We'll award points if your photo...

  • only shows Geotech equipment in use by real workers at real sites,
  • close-ups of the Geotech equipment,
  • equipment being used safely in observance of the health and safety procedures required
  • has companion photos showing as much of the site and surrounding area as possible (with site owner's permission, of course),
  • is well composed: nice framing, interesting background… extra points if the viewer can tell what type of project you were working on,
  • has an unusual twist or story: equipment being used overseas, of an interesting project, or for humanitarian purposes… wildlife or Mother Nature butting/intruding… the perfect shot at sunset, etc.
  • Digital photos only, in jpg or tiff formats, 2 MB or larger if possible.

Entering the competition is easy, go here to review the rules and guidelines and download the entry form. Every entry must be accompanied by a completed Geotech Photo Competition Entry Form.

Used Equipment Deals

Featured Product

Geocontrol Pro Rental Kit

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Low flow sampling controller
with built-in compressor
Kit as shown above.

Featured Product
YSI 556 MPS Rental Kit
Multi-probe water quality field meter.
Full kit includes carry case,
instrument and probes.
Calibrated and tested to factory specifications.
Flow cell available separately.

Check our web site for great deals on
used equipment.

Golf Design

Mark Your Calendar!

June 22, 2013

Geotech 13th Annual
Charity Golf Tournament

Supporting our local
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.

For more information.

Contact Jeremy at Geotech: 303-320-4764

Look for Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc. at the events listed below.


April 23-25, 2013

Streamflow Measurement Using the SonTek RiverSurveyor®, FlowTracker® and SonTek-IQ®

This three-day training event is being hosted by Geotech and includes both classroom and field instruction and is open to the novice and experienced alike. If you are interested in learning flow measurement “best practices” in deep rivers, shallow streams or man-made canals, this is the event for you! This will be an informal and highly interactive event. You will see the RiverSurveyor, FlowTracker and SonTek-IQ operational and collecting data. You will have the opportunity to examine the instruments close-up, and ask any questions you may have about the products, the technology or the data collected. Space is limited, reserve now.

For more information

Colorado Brownfields Foundation

April 30 - May 1, 2013

10th Annual Colorado Brownfields Conference
"The Future is Now"

The Colorado Brownfields Conference provides a forum to educate communities, local governments, and businesses about opportunities for economic revitalization. Emerging economic conditions and associated changes in the real estate development climate create opportunities to foster community reinvestment, regional partnerships, and creative partnering. This conference will explore the issues around policy, planning and implementation of economic redevelopment projects.

For more information

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

April 30 - May 1, 2013

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
2013 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference

The Environmental Trade Fair and Conference (ETFC) is Texas' premier environmental educational forum featuring topics such as the drought crisis, oil & gas, air quality, waste management, and many more. Visit Geotech at Booth #1624.

For more information

Florida Remediation Conference South

May 9-10, 2013

2013 Florida Remediation Conference – South

Join us in the Florida sun for a full day of technical sessions from leading experts in the cleanup business. The conference features continuing education credits, excellent networking opportunities, and over 30 companies exhibiting their products and services. Geotech will be in Booth #31, see you there!

For more information

Geotech Annual Field Days

June 20-21, 2013

Geotech 5th Annual Field Days

A high-energy event designed for our clients, featuring exhibits, equipment demos and hands-on training on a wide variety of state-of-the-industry environmental instruments. Learn about the latest technologies from professionals who have successfully employed them in real projects and from the designers and developers of the latest in field equipment and instrumentation. Let experts answer your questions, and take advantage of this opportunity to try out the equipment of your choice under real-world field conditions!

For more information

Geotech Catalog

Request your
Geotech Catalog now.

Call 1-800-833-7958

The Geotech Catalog is now 336 pages 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:













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Denver, Colorado 80205
Phone: 1-800-833-7958
Local: 303-320-4764
Fax: 303-322-7242
E-mail: sales@geotechenv.com

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Carrollton, Texas 75006-381
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Fort Myers, Florida 33966
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2517 Noblin Road, Suite 103
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
Phone: 1-800-293-5325
Local: 919-876-1535
Fax: 919-878-1269

1411 North Batavia Street, Suite 112
Orange, California 92867
Phone: 1-800-295-5325
Local: 714-998-6788
Fax: 714-998-7382

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

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Winooski, Vermont 05404
Phone: 1-800-558-5325
Local: 802-651-3050
Fax: 802-651-3051

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Mollet del Vallés Barcelona 08100 España
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Fax: 93 5700535
E-mail: ventas@geotechenv.com


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Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100029
Phone: 010-8225-1190
Local: 86-10-8225-1190
Fax: 86-10-8225-1957
E-mail: beijing@geotechenv.com

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Phone: 1-800-833-7958 E-mail: sales@geotechenv.com Fax: 303-322-7242

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