Drinking Water Testing


Drinking Water

The economical portable DEEPA ENTERPRISES TESTING LABORATORIES drinking water lab (Microbiological Environmental Laboratory) for microbiological testing monitors key water quality parameters plus Total Coliforms and E. coli (using P/A method). The kit includes DEEPA ENTERPRISES TESTING LABORATORIES's portable incubator, Pocket Pro pH tester, Pocket Pro TDS tester, and apparatus and reagents for testing key water quality parameters. Microbiological media has to be ordered separately.

Drinking water testing laboratory and fresh air are the unavoidable needs of any living being. More than 70% of the human body is composed of water. But unfortunately, only 3% of water is available across the globe as freshwater and only half of that is available for humans. In developing countries like India, population growth combined with industrial development is hard pressing on water demand resulting in the shrinkage of water table.

The shrinking water table, bad industrial waste management practices, improper sanitation are responsible for the deteriorating quality of drinking water. The most essential requirement to ensure good quality drinking availability to conduct regular testing of drinking water.

Many consumers want to test their well or municipal water for contaminants and impurities. Without having your water tested, it can be difficult to determine whether you actually need a water treatment system or what type of system would be best for you. Here are some factors to consider when testing your water and selecting a filtration product.

Collection of Water Samples
Once you locate a laboratory, follow the instructions on collecting the sample properly to obtain the most accurate results. For example, if you are collecting a water sample for lead or copper testing, the recommendation is to let the water sit overnight and take a “first draw” water sample – meaning fill the sample bottle from the kitchen tap prior to running any water for the day. A second example would be for a coliform bacteria sample. To collect this type of sample, remove any screen from the water faucet. There is typically a recommendation to run the water prior to filling the sample bottle. These samples need to be kept cold so you should take the sample directly to the post office or keep it in the refrigerator until it can be mailed in or dropped off. Remember to closely follow the instructions for each test you choose to have analyzed.

Water Testing and Results

It can be challenging to determine what type of testing to do on your well or municipal water and the costs can add up. It may be helpful to visit your local health department’s environmental health division to ask for information on what has been typically found in groundwater in your area. Some typical testing1 may include:

- Coliform bacteria
- Nitrate/nitrite
- Arsenic
- Hardness
- Volatile organic chemicals
- Metals
- Lead/copper
- Inorganic chemicals

Some homeowners may be concerned about radon, radium 226/228 or gross alpha radiological contaminants. While DEEPA ENTERPRISES TESTING LABORATORIES is accredited for this water testing, we only have the capacity for public community water systems and testing as part of certification for a product. You may search online for “accredited radiological water testing labs” to find one near you or one that accepts mail-order radiological water testing.

For more information on contaminants and impurities, visit our consumer Web page, Contaminant Reduction Claims Guide. This will assist you in learning the India EPA levels for each contaminant found in your water and also what type of treatment system can reduce the contaminant or impurity in the drinking water.

Water Filters and Treatment Systems
In the last decade, interest in home drinking water treatment products has grown tremendously. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to know whether a particular product is as safe and effective as the manufacturer claims at reducing various contaminants in your drinking water. Should you choose to add a water filter to your home, it is important to look for filters and treatment systems with the DEEPA ENTERPRISES TESTING LABORATORIES mark.


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