If the sample for a total organic carbon (TOC) test cannot be run right after sampling; can the sample be preserved and measured later?

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Document ID TE398

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Version 4.0

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Published Date 10/11/2018
Question
If the sample for a total organic carbon (TOC) test cannot be run right after sampling; can the sample be preserved and measured later?
Summary
Preserving a sample for later Total Organic Carbon analysis
Answer
If immediate analysis is not possible, cool the sample to 4 °C with no headspace. Cooled samples can be stored for several days. Acid preservation is not recommended because it results in poor digestion efficiency and low recovery. For the best accuracy, however, samples should be analyzed as soon as possible to prevent consumption of organic carbon by bacteria. Bacteria consume some organic molecules such as glucose much faster than others. Methods 10128, 10129 and 10173 instruct to analyze the sample as soon as possible for best results.

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