Water Analysis

Testing of water samples for physiochemical parameters:
Parameters included:
Mains/ wells: Ammonia, chloride, fluoride, hardness, TON, nitrite, nitrate, sulphate (wells), pH, conductivity, turbidity, Iron and Manganese (wells)
Comprehensive: Alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, fluoride, hardness, TON, nitrite, nitrate, sulphate, pH, conductivity, TDS, turbidity, arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, lead, selenium, zinc

Taking a water sample
The analytical result is only as good as the sample submitted for analysis. Collecting a representative sample is the first step of the analytical procedure.
Clean tap thoroughly, including the inlet with a flame or disinfectant wipe.
Turn on the tap and allow water to run for a minimum of 2 minutes.
Take the cap off the sterile bottle and immediately fill the container.
Replace the bottle cap as soon as the bottle is full (leaving a small headspace) and record the site and date of sampling.
Deliver to the IEC as soon as possible.
Maintain the water samples at 1-5°C if storing overnight.

Sample Requirement Turnaround Time Price Sample Form Laboratory Species
“Sterile bottle of minimum 500 mL (testing kits are available from the lab)” 5 days €70 – mains and wells, €120 – comprehensive Water analysis request form Environment & Nutrition All

Reference Ranges

Aluminium 200 µg/L
Arsenic 10 µg/L
Chloride 250 mg/L
Conductivity 2500 µS @ 20°C
Copper 2.0 mg/L
Fluoride 1.5 mg/L
Iron 200 µg/L
Lead 10 µg/L
Manganese 50 µg/L
Nitrate 50 mg/L
Nitrite 0.5 mg/L
pH 6.5 – 9.5
Sodium 200 mg/L
Sulphate 250 mg/L
E. coli 0 cfu/ 100 mL
Enterococci 0 cfu/ 100 mL
Values provided are from Directive 98/83/EC

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Alkalininty, Ammonia, Chloride, pH, conductivity, turbidity

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