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Why is Water Testing So Important?

Water is something we all need regardless of where we live and what our lifestyles may be. Without good water supplies people can succumb to all types of illnesses, the majority of which can take lives. This is why water testing, especially of drinking water is so important. This is also true, if you have suspicions about your companies’ water systems.

People living in rural areas may often believe that the well water they use is 100 percent safe of all types of bacterium and viruses. This is absolutely untrue, since there is no way of determining exactly how safe the water is until you test and analyse it. You need to test the water you are using to make sure that it is 100 percent safe of all pathogens before your family or business use it. If there are contaminants, then a proper filtration method should be incorporated in order to make the water safe for use.

One of the tests you should put your water system through, is thorough Legionella testing. Legionella is a bacterium, which is found both in the air and in water. Unlike some other bacteria, it can survive at lower dissolved oxygen levels and is somewhat resistant to chlorine disinfection. Certain plastics and organics can provide nutrients for growth. These attributes make our modern day plumbing systems a good habitat for the organism.

Legionella are known to multiply pretty rapidly in cooling towers, humidifiers and water heaters. Water testing that has been conducted, has shown that Legionella bacteria can multiply from 10 per millilitre to well over 10 000 per millilitre within just one month. This means that if your water is not Legionella tested, you run the risk of spreading the disease.

In order to prevent all Legionella related illnesses it is important that you regularly monitor your water systems. This is especially important in industrial environments where Legionella can be found in abundance. The thing that makes Legionella so resistant to treatments is its intercellular development, which can be found in similar micro organisms such as amoebas and protozoa.

Water testing kits can be purchased, which will enable people to test drinking water around their home and office fairly easily. While these water testing kits might be accurate, to some extent they are not up to the standard of laboratory level equipment. They will not be able to provide you with information regarding containment’s in your water the way a laboratory will be able to. If you want to get water tested, make sure that you contact a fully competent water testing company or laboratory such as Selectech.

Taking the time to find out more about your drinking water is a great way to avert a potential disaster. The more you know, the more beneficial it will be for you or your business.


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