Water Testing

Water is the most important resource we have, and it is vitally important for all of us. So, in many countries it is the object of numerous environmental laws and regulations. This relates not only to drinking water but ultimately also for the whole water cycle, for example  surface and ground water, process and  waste water.

  • Technical advice 

  • Optimisation and functional analysis of water treatment

  • Reporting

  • Accredited sampling and analyses e.g. Pesticides

  • Efficient Evaluation

  • Legionella Check

  • Radon

  • Water as a protected property

  • Regular monitoring of impairment of groundwater quality e.g. due to contaminated sites 

  • Monitoring of decontamination

  • Radon

  • River quality mapping and saprobic indexing

  • Classifying of non-floating waters

  • Monitoring of natural bathing waters

  • Fauna & Flora

  • Modelling of water bodies and mass balances

  • Monitoring of dams and mining lakes

  • Support for the recycling of process water

  • Implementation of measuring programs

  • Support for self-monitoring

  • Support for approval documents

  • Identifying of contamination, efficiency and nutrient concentration

  • Measuring of oxygen input

  • Tests of water piping systems

  • Detection and enumeration of Legionella by culture and PCR

  • E.Coli and Coliforms

  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

  • Nitrates, Nitrites, Sodium…

  • Legionella species analysis

  • Detection and enumeration of Legionella in hot water and cooling towers

  • Genotyping (Pathogenicity, compared to population) and serogroup of Legionella

  • Filtration analysis or molecular biology

  • Physical and chemical analysis

Drinking Water Quality

Our potable water analysis procedures incorporate tests for metals and heavy metals, chemical and microbiological analysis, and in-field sampling services.

Mains Fed Water Testing

Our standard suite of chemical and metal parameter tests for mains fed water supplies would typically include:

Chloride | Conductivity | Copper | Hardness | Iron | Lead | Alkalinity | Manganese | pH | Phosphate | TDS

Our standard suite of chemical and metal parameter tests for private water supplies, wells, boreholes, lakes and rivers would typically include:

Chloride | Conductivity | Copper | Hardness | Iron | Lead | Alkalinity | Manganese | Nitrate | Nitrite | pH | Phosphate | Sulphate | Sulphide | TDS

Why test drinking water?

Here in the UK, water utility companies have to conform to strict water quality standards set by the Government, and enforced by the regulator, the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI).

These standards ensure that the water flowing through the mains distribution system is up to scratch at all times.

However, once the water leaves the mains supply and enters a private residence or commercial building, the pipes, storage tanks, local distribution systems and other factors can start to affect the quality of the water.

There are also properties, mostly in remote locations, which depend on other types of private water supplies such as springs, boreholes, rivers, lakes or wells and people using these types of supplies may need to carry out their own drinking water testing too.


If you are testing drinking water for just one contaminant, such as lead or bacteria, then you might choose to use simple test strips or dip slides which you can dip in to the water to get your result.

These are a quick and cost-effective way of testing your water but with one obvious drawback – you might get an answer about one type of contaminant but be completely unaware of other serious issues with your water.

We recommend it’s better and safer to have your tap water tested by the experts at Sci-Tech, who can run a series of specialist drinking water tests in the laboratory to identify a range of specific microbiological, metal and chemical contaminants in your water, and determine at which levels they are present.

These results would then be compared to the standards set out in the governments Water Supply Regulations, and a report produced.

The report will flag up those contaminants which are of particular concern, allowing you to target your efforts to reduce risk


Our standard compliance suite of tests for potable (drinking) water is highly recommended and provides an excellent indication of overall water quality for general potable applications. This compliance suite includes for the following tests:

  • General colony microbial counts after 2 and 3 days
  • Clostridium perfringens (confirmed)
  • Total coliforms
  • E.coli
  • Conductivity
  • pH
  • Turbidity
  • Ammonium
  • Nitrite
  • Nitrate
  • Odour
  • Taste
  • Aluminium
  • Iron
  • Manganese


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