How to get professional water testing

Professional water testing is the first step towards improving the quality of your water. This could be to make borehole water safe for drinking, or to create a supply of purified water for manufacturing processes including the production of consumables.

Whatever the reason, testing your current water supply is the start point. Water testing tells us what’s in the water and what needs to be removed to make it purer. Testing your water supply indicates if your water is hard or soft and informs the type of treatment needed.

What is professional water testing?

Water testing involves taking samples of your water and measuring the levels of mineral deposits present within it. There’s no single set test in professional water testing and the process used is determined by what you are testing for and what standards the water needs to meet.

For drinking water, we test the supply against the drinking water standards set out by the drinking water inspectorate ‘The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016.’ 

To test water for a manufacturing process, we test the conductivity which can be measured in a few different ways. We’d measure either in TDS (total dissolves solids), Microsiemens or Megaholmes.

The results tell us what minerals are present in the water and what the concentration is i.e. how pure the water is. From this, we know which equipment to use to remove deposits and increase the water purity.

Who needs to carry the test out and what do they do?

This depends on the test. If the test involves filling up sample bottles and sending them to the lab, someone from your organisation can do it. They would need to take the required volume of water for each sample bottle and send them back to us within the specified timescales. For on-site testing, it would need to be an Excel employee. We would carry this out during a site survey.

How long do the results take to be processed?

The time taken varies slightly depending on what is being tested, but most results are back within 2 weeks. We share your results with you and explain them in detail. Results are followed up by our recommendations for improving your water quality and a quote for any work required.

What are the most common results?

This varies considerably depending on the area (hard and soft water are more prevalent in different areas of the UK). Borehole testing normally shows high iron and manganese, and bacteria. Results can detect chemicals and heavy metals which need removing to produce safe drinking water.

How much does professional water testing cost?

It’s free as part of our surveying process. Water testing is the star point of your journey to purer water. We need to know what’s in your water to design the right treatment system and testing is part of surveying and quoting accurately.

Want to know what happens next after professional water testing? See how the process works in this blog: How to maximise water purification – the steps taken.

We hope this has answered your questions about professional water testing. For advice specific to your business, contact us today on 0113 232 0005 or sales@excelwater.co.uk.

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