What is Bacteria In Drinking Water Testing?
Bacteria in drinking water testing refers to the process of testing water for the presence of harmful bacteria that may cause illness if consumed. Bacteria are microorganisms present in natural water sources, and they can be introduced into the water supply through various means, such as agricultural runoff, sewage discharge, or malfunctioning treatment systems.
The most common bacteria tested in drinking water are total coliform bacteria and E. coli. Total coliform bacteria are a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and surface water, and their presence in drinking water indicates potential contamination from faecal material. E. coli is a type of coliform bacteria found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Its presence in drinking water strongly indicates contamination from faecal material.
Bacteria testing is done by collecting water samples and then culturing them in a laboratory to determine the presence and quantity of bacteria. The results of bacteria testing are used to determine the water supply’s overall safety and identify areas where treatment or additional testing may be necessary to ensure that the water is safe to drink.
It is important to note that bacteria in drinking water can cause serious health issues. Therefore, it’s crucial to test the water regularly and to eliminate or reduce the presence of bacteria in the water supply.
What Does This Test Include?
Our drinking water analysis is approved by Irish Water and based on EU Drinking Water Regulations.
Our analysis is INAB 17025-accredited.
Our Bacteria in Drinking Water Test includes:
- E. coli
Why Test For This Suite?
You might suspect bacterial contamination if your water is discoloured or has a foul or unusual odour or taste.
To carry out microbiological AND chemical testing, try our Standard Drinking Water Test instead and save €10 on your Microbiology Drinking Water Test.
Chemical Testing Includes:
- pH, Ammonia, Nitrites, Total Hardness, Alkalinity, Manganese, Iron, Dissolved Solids, Conductivity, Langelier Index (70°C).