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Drinking Water Testing – Full Test Package

146.34 (180.00 Incl. Vat)

Drinking water testing – full test package – Save money by having your microbial and chemical tests done together!

Well Water Testing for Bacteria

  • The EPA recommends that you get your private well or small private group scheme drinking water tested  in an INAB accredited laboratory once every year for microbial testing and once every three years for chemical contamination.
  • If your private well or group scheme supplies more than 50 people or a commercial business (such as a creche, hotel, restaurant or care home) you are LEGALLY REQUIRED to have you water supply tested twice a year for microbial contamination.
  • Our microbial water analysis test package will tell if you water is contaminated by microorganisms (bugs), which can cause frequent stomach upsets, especially to children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system or visitors to your home, who may not be used to drinking the water.
  • For accurate microbial results, you need to get your water sample to the laboratory within six hours of having taken it.
  • Our chemicals test package will provide you with information such as whether part of your plumbing system may still contain lead (only a risk in pre-1970s properties) or whether your drinking water may contain elevated levels of nitrite/nitrate, which can be harmful especially to bottle-fed infants
  • It will explain why you might be having issues such as staining of sanitary ware. Blue/green is usually attributable to copper, while red/brown staining normally occurs as a result of elevated iron or manganese levels.
  •  It will put a value or the hardness or otherwise of your water – or, at the other end of the scale, its acidity – and potential to corrode your pipes and hot water tank.
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Microbial Test Package

  • Drinking water contaminated with microbes can lead to acute infectious gastroenteritis. If a family member suffers from frequent stomach upsets, this could be a sign that they are drinking contaminated water.
  • Some householders become immune to low-levels of bacterial contamination. But the water may make visitors to their house ill, particularly children, the elderly, or those a weakened immune system. The HSE has produced a leaflet on the risks of illness from well water.
  • The EPA estimates that between 15% and 30% of household wells are contaminated with a bacterium (bug) known as Escherichia coli (usually shortened to E. coli).
  • This bug can enter your well or private water supply as a result of cattle grazing nearby, run-off from slurry being spread on nearby land or runoff from a nearby septic tank that has been badly sited or is in some way defective.

Chemical Test Package

This chemical analysis package  measures the following parameters for compliance (in terms of maximum admissible concentration) with regulations (as per SI 122 of 2014 Drinking Water regulations).

pHAmmonia
Water ‘hardness’Nitrite & nitrate
CalciumCopper
MagnesiumZinc
AlkalinityChloride
Langellier Index @15°c & 80°cConductivity
LeadColour and turbidity

 

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