Drinking Water Testing FAQs
Water sampling is the action of sample collection and transportation. It’s different from water testing—the process of microbiological—and the British Standards Institution sets out different standards for water testing and water sampling.
Water sampling should be conducted regularly to ensure safety, improve the quality of potable water, identify changes to your water supply over time and monitor the effectiveness of your existing water treatment system.
You can either purchase a water test kit or contact a water analysis company. Be aware that how you take a water sample can affect the result and that water sampling is not the same as water testing. You will need to send your sample to a UKAS accredited laboratory to receive an accurate result.
There are several water analysis companies in the UK offering water testing services. It’s important to use a company that works with a UKAS accredited laboratory otherwise your results will not be valid.
There are three main types of water sampling – physical, chemical and microbiological. A thorough water sample will test for all three to determine the presence of metals, solids, iron, fluoride, Legionella, E.coli and other contaminants.
The two water sampling methods are discrete sampling and composite sampling. A discrete sample is collected from an individual container while a composite sample is a series of smaller samples collected at a predetermined time and mixed in the same container.
Yes, PHX are experts in water sampling and testing and services water supplies all over Scotland including Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow.