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New Independent Study - Drone Sampling with HydraSleeve



Golder Associates have been hard at work testing what they call the Matrice-HydraSleeve method of sampling from pit lakes.   We found this article while conducting research; and are happy to share the publication here:  A Validated Method for Pit Lake Water Sampling Using Aerial Drones & Sampling Devices.

They used our standard Surface Water Adapter (SWA) with a SuperSleeve HydraSleeve mounted on a Matrice 600 drone to successfully sample 10 pit lakes in 4 USA states collecting 81 depth-specific samples.  Data comparison validates the Matrice-HydraSleeve method as seen in this report.

 Here's Golder's short YouTube video explaining this option.

Drone sampling of pit lakes (and other bodies of water) has been shown to improve safety and lower cost for sampling. 

Using the HydraSleeve attached to a drone allows for depth-specific samples to be collected from deeper locations - in this study up to 122 meters.

These tests were conducted before we introduced our new ultra light weight Drone Cone Adapter (DCA).  While the Matrice 600 (used in this study) has quite a heavy payload capacity and can handle the 2-liter SuperSleeve with the SWA Adapter; other drones have much lower payload capacity.   Introduction of the DCA late in 2019 made this type of sampling an option for those drones with as litle as 2 pound payload capacity. 

Here's our short video on the new Drone Cone Adapter.

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Drone Cone Adapter - HydraSleeve use with drones

Here we are introducing a new, reusable, ultra light-weight surface water adapter specifically designed for use in drone applications. 

The Drone Cone is also PFAS sampling compatible. 

Drone Cone Video Link


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HydraSleeve Goes Skinny Dipping in a Hot Tub on the Big Island

Here we share the article that has been posted by the USGS where they successfully sampled a newly-formed lake in the Kilauea Volcano using HydraSleeves & the new drone cone adapter.



See below for the introductory video for the new HydraSleeve Drone Cone.

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Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions

The use of no-purge samplers, like the HydraSleeve, is arguably the fastest growing segment of the groundwater monitoring market. Tens of thousands of samples are collected each year using no-purge sampling devices. Why? It provides formation quality samples using a much simplified and repeatable groundwater sampling method, resulting in dramatically reduced field time and expense. In addition, it is a less energy intensive method of collecting groundwater samples, producing a smaller carbon footprint than conventional sampling methods.

The following constitute the top three questions we get pertaining to the HydraSleeve.


By definition, no-purge sampling devices are restricted to collecting the volume of fluid contained within the well screen. For example, a 2-inch well with a 10-foot long saturated screen has an absolute maximum of 6.4 liters (1.6 gallons) of water available for no-purge sampling.

In response to the sample volume issue, GeoInsight has developed a sampler which will collect the most water available from a 2-inch (schedule 40) well.  This new device, developed in the summer of 2009, the HydraSleeve Super/SkinnySleeve (SS), has almost doubled the amount of water that could be collected out of a 2-inch well as compared with earlier designs of the HydraSleeve. Prior to the development of the HydraSleeve SS, only about 45% of the available water could be captured from the well screen. Using the HydraSleeve SS, up to 80% of the available water in the well screen can be collected as sample. This is very important for 2-inch wells with a short screened interval or a short water column within the screen.

More sample with the SuperSleeve



When we first introduced the HydraSleeve, this was the most asked question.  Now most regulators are familiar with no-purge sampling.

HydraSleeve and Passive Diffusion Bags have been used in all 50 states, Canada and overseas. There are a few states that may recommend either well-volume purging or low-flow methods in their guidance, but they still do not exclude no-purge sampling. There are no states that specifically prohibit the use of any no-purge (passive) sampling technology.

The regulatory approval climate is changing. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has developed a "Sampling and Analysis Plan Development for Industrial Landfills "technical guidance document", which discusses the proper use of the HydraSleeve no-purge sampler.

Conversion to no-purge sampling methods is typically examined on a site-by-site basis. Usually this entails an initial round of no-purge sampling, the results of which are compared with the results from the site's previous sampling method.  The comparison of data from the two methods is used to determine if no-purge sampling meets the site's data quality objectives.

HydraSleeve simplicity and low cost enables the user to conduct a comparison study easily, inexpensively and efficiently.  Using our newest HydraSleeve, the SpeedBag will allow the most cost effective



In the majority of wells, results from samples collected with the HydraSleeve (as well as other no-purge samplers) will compare favorably with results from samples collected with traditional sampling methods (i.e. well-volume purging and low-flow purging). Some samples may have slightly higher concentrations and some slightly lower concentrations. However, in a few wells, some samples may not compare very well at all. In almost all of these cases, this is due to the inherent differences between low-flow sampling, well-volume purging and no-purge sampling and the resulting source of the sampled water.

Standpipe studies conducted by Parker and others in 2002 demonstrated that no-purge samplers (HydraSleeve included) produced statistically similar results in a spiked standpipe when compared to results from samples collected from a discharge spigot at the same depth. Similar investigations done at the Stennis Space Center under the EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program compared low-flow pumping systems and no-purge sampling devices to control samples collected in a 100-foot long standpipe. Again, the results compared favorably with the control samples.

In short, if you sample the same water you get the same results.

Standpipe Studies

Where does sample come from?



Meet the Sleeves Video Introduction

Here we have a short (<10 minute) video explaining the 4 basic varieties of no-purge samplers available from GeoInsight.  The video gives a brief description of the products and goes into the pros and cons of each variety.

1.  Standard HydraSleeves - introducted in 2001

2. Universal Super/SkinnySleeves - introduced in 2009

3.  SpeedBags - introduced in 2014

4.  W3 HybridSleeve - introduced in 2016

Please view the video below.

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or, you can view the video by clicking here and using youtube.

For additional technical help we also have the well template form; or, you can always call 800-996-2225 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specific information on your particular job.

There are also several videos that will be of interest in our video library.  Here you will find Informative, Instructional, FAQ's answered, and many miscellaneous videos such as how to retrieve HydraSleeves lost in the well and even a full webinar on no-purge sampling.