Our Chemicals in Drinking Water Test: Why Use It & What Does It Test For? 

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Our Chemicals in Drinking Water Test: Why Use It & What Does It Test For? 

Are you concerned about the safety of your tap water? Want to know if your family, staff, or tenants are drinking unsafe water? Our chemicals in drinking water test can help!


Why Test for Chemicals in Drinking Water?

Chemicals in drinking water testing assesses chemical substances that can be found in water. Testing your drinking water for chemicals is crucial for ensuring it’s safe and high-quality. This testing can help:

  • Ensure your water is free from harmful contaminants for safe drinking and cooking.
  • Ensure your business or rental property has safe drinking water and complies with regulations.
  • Detect reasons for changes in water colour, odour, or taste.


These tests guide treatment processes and corrective actions to protect public health.


What Does Southern Scientific’s Chemicals in Drinking Water Test Measure & Why?

Iron & Manganese: Older water mains made from iron can corrode and give water a rusty appearance. While this might not be a health risk, it affects taste and appearance. Exposure to high levels of manganese is linked to ADHD and learning disabilities. Other heavy metals can be tested with our heavy metal water test.

Nutrients: Excessive nitrates and phosphates can come from agricultural runoff or wastewater. High nitrate levels can cause methemoglobinemia. This condition affects the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, especially in infants and pregnant women. 

pH: Acidic water can erode tooth enamel and metal plumbing. Acidity also dissolves metals, leading to contaminants like iron, copper, and lead. Alkaline water contains minerals, causing scaly deposits on cookware and a bitter taste. 

Hardness: Hard water has a high calcium and magnesium content, safe to drink but problematic at home. It causes limescale buildup on appliances, reducing their efficiency and water pressure. Hard water affects soap lather, leaving hair and skin dull or irritated, and can cause eczema.

Corrosivity: Water’s tendency to corrode pipes can be measured using the Langelier Index (LI). The LI measures the balance between pH and calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Corrosive water can release harmful metals from plumbing systems.

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS): TDS affects water quality, health, and plumbing. Knowing TDS levels helps you decide on the best filtration system for your home.

Conductivity: Conductivity indicates water composition. It varies with the area’s geology and can be affected by industrial pollution or road runoff. High readings also result from extended dry periods and low flow conditions.

Ammonia: Ammonia in water can corrode copper pipes and cause stains on clothes and towels. High ammonia levels indicate contamination from agriculture, industry, or sewage. As a result, high ammonia levels often occur in areas with intensive farming.

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs): Chlorine and other disinfectants can react with organic matter in water to form DBPs like trihalomethanes (THMs). Long-term exposure to high THM levels may increase cancer risk. Our THM in water test can monitor this toxic DBP!


Conclusion for the Chemicals in Drinking Water Test 

Southern Scientific tests for a wide range of chemicals, listed above. Our drinking water analysis is approved by Irish Water and based on EU Drinking Water Regulations. We process 10,000 drinking water samples yearly in our state-of-the-art labs. Using modern equipment, we will test your water and make sure it meets safety standards. 


Protect your water and order a Chemicals in Drinking Water Test today!

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