At long last, our first sampling day! Wednesday August 8, the official beginning of the experiment. The day started with collection of water at 6:30 am (an expedition that, thankfully, was over in time to partake of the warm food at breakfast) and ended, at least for me, at 10 pm, with all the work done, but all the bottles left to rinse out sometime before the next sampling day (which will be on Friday). Somehow the others found enough energy to sit around being social and eating potato chips until about 2 in the morning, when they came stumbling like elephants into the dorm (even on tiptoes you sound like an elephant in there, the floor being more like a drum than anything else and the utter lack of a porch light or street lights making it incredibly impossible to reach the porch steps without crashing bodily into them and falling all over them in the middle of the night). I suspect there will be a few faces missing at breakfast. (Indeed, breakfast is now over and at least two faces did not surface. As Annick noted, it being someone's birthday yesterday (not to mention the kick-off of the experiment), it was necessary to analyze the whiskey in the bottle that appeared in the lounge at about 11 last night.)
Anyway, living dead or not this morning, the team did a great job with the first sampling day. GO TEAM!
Aug 8 2012v- There was more than enough filtration for everyone.