Water sampling station

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To enhance water quality monitoring in a drinking water network, water sampling stations are installed at various points along the network's route. These sampling stations are typically positioned at street level, where they connect to a local water main, and are designed as enclosed, secured boxes containing a small sink and spigot to aid in sample collection. Collected samples are analyzed for bacteria, chlorine levels, pH, inorganic and organic pollutants, turbidity, odor and many other water quality indicators.


Water Sampling Station

In the United States, water sampling stations aid in public infrastructural safety in regards to water quality monitoring and help municipalities comply with federal and state drinking water regulations. New York City has 965 sampling stations that are distributed based on population density, water pressure zones, proximity to water mains and accessibility. The stations rise about 4½ feet above the ground and are made of heavy cast iron. Using these stations, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) collects more than 1,200 water samples per month from up to 546 locations.[1][2][3]

Cultural references

  • In William Gibson's Pattern Recognition the protagonist Cayce Pollard mentions Water Sampling Stations. Her "favorite fantasy of alternative employment is to stroll Manhattan like an itinerant sommelier, addressing one's palate with various tap waters of the City". (Chapter 4, Page 26, Paperback Edition)


  1. "NYC.gov - Drinking Water Sampling Stations". Archived from the original on 2019-05-26. Retrieved 2023-05-18.
  2. "Untapped Cities - Cities 101: What's the Purpose of NYC's Drinking Water Sampling Stations?". 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  3. "BKLNER - What's With Those Drinking Water Sampling Stations?". 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 March 2023. Retrieved 18 May 2023.