What Does Water Testing Entail?
The most important regular microbiological analysis performed on drinking water is for coliform bacteria and E.coli. These tests are effective for identifying faecal contamination, measuring raw water quality, determining the efficacy of water treatment and disinfection, and monitoring water quality in distribution. There are other important tests you might consider, of course, including legionella testing. But no matter what tests you need to be carried out, what does water testing entail?
Why Carry Out Water Testing?
We use water every day. We used it at home, and we use it when we're out and about. This means that, if you're responsible for a building, there will be people using your water when they are out and about. In order to ensure you are doing all you can to keep them safe, you need to carry out regular water testing.
Legionella testing, for example, will tell you if there is a problem in your water in terms of the legionella bacterial levels. Since legionella can be deadly, it's crucial not only to find out if there is a problem (ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law, so not testing doesn't mean you're off the hook if someone dies or is unwell because of legionella in your water), but to do something about it.
As well as this, if you run a pool or spa, testing is important there too. Infectious agents can easily be brought into recreational water, such as pools and SPAs, by bathers, debris entering the pool, or the water supply itself. Conditions typically exist in the spa pool for these pathogenic organisms to develop and multiply.
Drinking water or potable water is also something that needs to be tested to guarantee that water is safe for people to consume or use with little danger of immediate or long-term damage.
What Assured Water Can Do
If you are responsible for a building and the water within it and you're not sure what you should be doing in terms of water testing for various bacteria, or you simply need some more information, we can help. Simply get in touch with the experts at Assured Water for advice, guidance, and testing procedures. We can take the tests for you, transport the samples to a UKAS accredited lab, and relay the results - along with any remedial actions - quickly and efficiently.