Let’s find out all about water quality testing and how it’s done in our labs.
Tap water from community water systems is subject to safe water drinking standards.
Depending on the condition of the water source from which it is drawn and how it is treated, the drinking water quality varies. The thing that matters the most is that it must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
What is Water Quality?
Water quality is generally referred to as the measure of the suitability of water for a specific purpose based on physical, chemical, and biological parameters:
- Physical Parameters
These include characteristics determined by the senses of smell, light, taste, and touch. Temperature, odor, color, taste, turbidity, and content of dissolved solids are some of the most common physical parameters.
- Chemical Parameters
These are the measurements of those characteristics which reflect the environment with which water has contact. Chemical parameters tend to measure hardness, pH, amount of dissolved oxygen, chlorine residual, levels of chloride, nitrogen, fluoride, iron, manganese, copper, and toxic organic and inorganic substances.
- Biological Parameters
These parameters reflect the number of algae, bacteria, viruses, and protozoa found in water.
What is Water Quality Testing?
Operators and building owners typically do water testing to:
- Ensure water is fit for drinking and other uses
- Ensure compliance to their specifications for suitable use
- Determine the efficacy of a water treatment system
Be it the homeowners wanting to ensure that the water is suitable for consumption or the governmental organizations trying to protect us from the health risks associated with water contamination. Water Testing is necessary for everyone affected by the water industry.
How Does Water Testing Work?
With the ever-evolving and advancing modern chemistry, it has become super easy to detect millions of harmful chemicals and bacteria in water. And the modernization of technology has reached a level where the water can be tested for small concentrations.
Here are a few specific ways to perform tests that gives quick results:
- Use of Test Strips – You can determine the concentration of the chemicals present in the water as these strips change color.
- Use of Hand-Held Digital Meters – These portable digital meters are used to test the pH, Total dissolve solids in water.
- Use of Color Disk KIts –They can test a wide range of chemicals that are present in the water.
As easy and convenient as these tests are to perform, their accuracy can hardly be compared to the professional analysis performed in the laboratory.
If you wish to cover a wide range of pollutants, be 100% sure of the results, or choose your own parameters for testing, there is no better option than laboratory testing.
Why is Water Testing a Critical Aspect?
People worldwide rely on the private water supply, including wells, ponds, and dugouts. To ensure a superior quality of water for people’s overall well-being, you must monitor the quality of your water and test it regularly. It will enable you to eliminate the potential health hazards related to water contamination.
Water testing offers us the knowledge needed to address the problem of water contamination. This process ensures that the water is protected from every possible contamination cause and the concerned authorities follow the best-suited approach to the treatment process.
Be it for irrigation, drinking, spraying, or livestock watering, it is vital to check the water quality.
What Should you Test in water?
In our water testing program, we generally test for the following traits:
- Total Viable Count (TVC) – This is used to determine the total number of organisms and gives an overall indication of the general water quality.
- Pseudomonas – Testing this bacteria is critical as it can lead to detrimental blockages and corrosion of the pipes.
- Legionella – It causes Legionnaires’ disease.
- Meta Parameters – This testing determines asset wear, system integrity, and water quality
How Often Should you Test the Water?
Be it residential water testing or commercial, consistently checking whether the water is free from contaminants and suitable for use is crucial. The laboratory water testing checks should be performed at least twice a year.
We at Cultivator Phyto Lab recommend you get the water tested even if they are not suspected of any contamination for pH, bacteria, chlorine levels, fertilizers, and pesticides.
And, if you feel that the water condition has significantly changed, we advise you carry out unscheduled water testing. The water becoming cloudy and an appearance of a strange odor are the telltale signs.
Trust us for Thorough Water Quality Testing & Analysis
Our team of qualified & experienced experts is adept at drinking water analysis. We provide accurate and precise test results with a fast turnaround time following the standard regulations. Our tailor-made solutions are sure to fulfill all your testing needs.
If you have any queries or are ready to test your drinking water, get in touch with us.