Water Quality Analysis – SANS 241


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No matter what the origin of you water, whether it’s from a borehole, well, stream, pond or other source you need to get it tested.
You need to know the composition of the water. We can perform the analysis for you and give you a report to tell you the water’s composition and what health risks if any are posed. We will give you a full layman’s termed report with remedial action points, recommend any filtration equipment needed and can supply and install too!
For those who are accustomed to drinking mains water, water provided by the municipal water company we simply assume that the water is palatable, safe and free from harmful contaminants. Our judgement on this is may be correct although there are some concerns regarding the high levels of fluoride which all mains water company suppliers include.

Your own water however is of unknown quality. You know nothing about it and you need to know its composition to be sure that its content is not only suitable for drinking or can be made suitable for drinking through filtration but that its pH is neither not too high nor too low and that its mineral content falls within the recommended levels for your proposed usage.
In all, some 29 tests are carried out from a two litre sample taken from your supply to give you an accurate and clear picture of your water content. Biology, hardness, mineral content, metals, chemicals, turbidity and electrolytic conductivity of the water are just some of the tests which are performed.

All water contains micro organisms – tiny bacteria measuring microns in size and many of these are harmless and even necessary as part of the normal digestive process in humans. Others however such as E-Coli strains, and faecal coliforms are considered harmful and should not be present in your water supply.

Borehole, ground water or water well filtration systems can almost always render any water sample suitable for drinking. Ironically, the most harmful constituents of water, some bacteria and viruses, are the easiest to destroy – and as a matter of course we would always advise that an ultra-violet filtration system be installed anyway.
More on filtering water is covered in our filtration page.

Suffice is to say that your water is going to be fine to drink, not contain any of the dubious additives which your mains water supplier includes, will taste good, will be free from fluoride additives and will be massively cheaper that anything you can buy from a water company.

In summary then, water testing and analysis is vital to prevent illness as well as ensuring that the water is aesthetically pleasing (it does not have an offensive odour and that it tastes fresh, for example). Reasons that water may need to be tested apart from collecting from a borehole could be for reasons such as your borehole’s proximity to a septic tank for example, concerns about run-off from nearby areas with livestock or concerns about chemical sprays being used in crop areas.

If the water samples turbidity (clear or cloudiness) is cloudy or discoloured, testing will be able to determine the cause and whether it is a matter for concern. Other factors might include the water’s electrolytic levels and whether the levels may cause slow damage to a building’s pipework or central heating system.

Your water analysis report will reveal much about its character and it is from this that your water can then be filtered to ensure that it is right for your desired usage.

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