Testing Your Drinking Water Quality

 22/12/2017

The Importance of Clean Water and Reasons to Get Drinking Water Tested
Water is one of our most important resources in our natural environment. Much of our water supplies are sourced from lakes and rivers. Some private water users may also rely on water collected in dams, bores and rainwater tanks. 

For most of us living in urbanised areas, water is treated to remove chemicals, particulates and bacteria before it is delivered to our homes. This clean, potable water is then used for everyday activities that may include drinking, cooking, cleaning and watering plants.

However, due to the possibility of extreme weather conditions, as well as other possible factors, we may need extra certainty about its quality and whether it is safe to drink. For instance, if you live near mines, water in your area might be affected by dust. In agricultural areas, intensive farming practices may result in higher concentrations of nutrients in water sources, which may also affect ecosystems; high levels of nutrients may stimulate algae and other aquatic plants to grow well beyond the amount needed to support the biological community.

For this reason, testing by an accredited laboratory like Envirolab is required to confirm the quality of the water, and the treatment required, as based on the intended use.

 

Why Use Envirolab for Testing Drinking Water

  • We are fully NATA Accredited for potable, process, groundwater, surface water and wastewater.
  • We are Australian based, so we know your soil better than any other commercial testing
    lab.
  • We are strict on following Australian health and safety standards.
  • We provide an inexpensive yet high quality, scientific and technically advanced service.
  • We are fast and typically process your samples within five working days.
  • Our team of experts are friendly, professional and dedicated to helping you.
  • Protect yourself from harmful pollutants and improve your health.
  • We ensure you receive a personalised service that caters to your requirements.
  • We provide you with a report detailing information on the results of your water sample.

 

Envirolab Services provides water testing results for:
As a leader in scientific testing of environmental contamination, Envirolab is accredited and qualified to perform laboratory testing on the quality of drinking water. 

Our scientific testing services include and are not limited to:

  • Bottle water
  • Chelex Bioavailable metals
  • Cooling water
  • Drinking Water
  • Effluent
  • Boreholes, wells and rainwater tanks
  • Estuarine and Marine or ‘sea’ water
  • Freshwater
  • Groundwater
  • Irrigation
  • Legionella
  • Landfill leachates
  • Saline water
  • Surface water
  • Waste water
  • Stormwater, drain and sewage water
  • Swimming pool and spas

 

Collecting a Water Sample for Testing
Whilst collecting a sample may be subject to your briefing requirements, the following four steps provide a general guide on what’s typically involved:

  1. Taking the sample in a bottle leaving no air gap
  2. Chilling the sample to less than 6°C (ice bricks are preferred to ice)
  3. Ensuring the sample arrives at the laboratory within 24 hours of collection
  4. Labelling the bottle/s with a sample ID and sample date (ensure multiple bottles from the same sample point have the same sample ID to avoid confusion)

 

For further information, please contact your local Envirolab laboratory via phone 1300 424 344, email or visit our Online Ordering page to order your required bottles, eskies and ice bricks for sampling.

 


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