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WATER QUALITY TESTING KITS FOR DRINKING WATER

Water which is intended for 'drinking' must conform to various chemical and bacteriological standards. The UK has high quality drinking water supplied by the Water Undertakers (Thames, Severn Trent etc) who ensure that these standards are met.

During the distribution of this water, the chemical & bacteriological properties tend to be stable. Once it enters our individual properties, the bacteriological quality can quickly deteriorate unless it is stored and used in a hygienic manner.

The mains reasons bacteria proliferate are:-

  • Allowing the water temperature to rise.
  • Having outlets that are rarely used.
  • Having deadleg pipework, ie pipes full of water which no longer have any outlets which allows the water to stagnate.
  • Storing water in tanks which have no lids, are rusty or full of sediment.
  • Allowing the outlets to be contaminated, for example fragments of faecal matter from hand washing or meat preparation.

Some properties use wells, boreholes or even local streams as their source of water. Generally these systems incorporate treatment plant to filter and disinfect the water prior to drinking.

Irrespective of the water source, the drinking water should be of 'Potable' quality, ie fit to drink.

Checking your drinking water quality is simple, quick and inexpensive.

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