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Why Test your Water?

“I should get this water tested some time.” That’s something most farmers and owners of tanks, bores and swimming pools will have thought or said at times. Unfortunately, not everyone acts on it.

We hope this page helps convince you of the need to get your (non-town) water tested now.

Good reasons to have your water tested

1. Human health – safe drinking water

Nothing is more important than your health and that of your family and visitors. If you use your own water source for drinking, you need to have it tested every so often. You don’t want to be responsible for anyone getting sick by drinking your water.

Your drinking water should contain no harmful concentrations of chemicals or pathogens and ideally it should be aesthetically pleasing in regard to appearance, taste and odour. At RWL, we measure your sample of drinking water against the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines to assess the safety and aesthetic quality of the water.

2. Stock health

Wondering why your stock is looking poor or malnourished? It’s important to get the stock water checked to ensure it is suitable. The water may have an unacceptable chemical composition (e.g. too acidic or alkaline or high concentrations of certain elements) or be physically unsuitable with the presence of toxic blue-green algae species.

3. Plants, nursery and crop health

Plant nutrition can be significantly affected by the quality of the water you apply to plants. It’s important you know the quality of the water and whether it can effectively dissolve fertiliser. If you don’t pay attention to this, and have no information about the quality of the water you use for your plant watering systems, plant growth may well be inhibited.

4. Protecting pipes and equipment

Irrigation and hot water systems are expensive to replace. You can help keep them in good condition for as long as possible by regularly checking the water that goes through it.

Calcium salts in the water can form a white crust of calcium carbonate. These deposits will accelerate the formation of milkstone (a combination of calcium deposits, proteins, phosphates) on dairy equipment and will eventually block irrigation equipment and affect hot water systems.

Conversely, some waters are corrosive and will strip metals such as aluminium and copper and its alloys (bronze and brass). Dissolved copper shows up as green stains on washbasins and baths when the water comes into contact with soap or other alkaline materials.

5. Aesthetics

Worried about the way your bore or tank water looks, smells or tastes? Does the water have unexplained particulate floating around or does it smell peculiar?

Whether it is pollen, black rubber or insect nymphs – have the experienced team at RWL help diagnose your aesthetic water quality worries. It may be more than just aesthetics, so why take that chance?

6. Future investment

We need to monitor and protect our alternative and future water sources. Our current water sources are under enormous pressure through climate change, increased demand and pollution.

To offset the declining inflow to our dams, the future will see increased rainwater yields and deeper aquifer withdrawals, replenishment of deep aquifers with recycled water and expansion of seawater desalination capacity.

Monitoring water quality will enable us to better understand and protect our aquatic ecosystems into the future.

7. Avoid outbreaks in pools

Swimming pools and spas, particularly public ones, are sensitive to outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Microbiological testing of pools and spas should be performed by NATA accredited officers, with samples taken during periods of maximum bather load. Swimming pools should be regularly tested for heterotrophic plate count, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (which causes ‘swimmers itch’).

Indications of poor pool health are measured by the incidences of diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. This organism is responsible for skin and mucous membrane infections and ear infections, particularly in children.

Avoid outbreaks by regularly having the water professionally tested.

Other reasons for water testing include:

  • Environmental protection
  • Site remediation (contaminated soil)
  • Licence specification for EPA discharge
  • ADWG & DOH compliance
  • Process control & internal quality control
  • Regulation
  • Public health & safety
  • Avoidance of fines
  • NATA accreditation requirements

Water quality and safety are too important to ignore!

Don’t wait. Check out our range of water testing services now, then take a sample or make a sampling appointment with one of our field officers, and get the ball rolling.

Did you know? You can get your water tested in 5 easy steps.

Rainwater Tanks

While it makes sense to harvest the clean, purified water which falls out of the sky, there are a number of factors which can compromise the quality of this water. The following fact sheet from the NSW Department of Health may be useful for maintaining rainwater tanks

Water, water every where…

Overflowing tanks are often a welcome sight to those who rely on rainwater for their domestic use, especially as it often means no more timed showers! While extra flushing may improve water quality, it is still advisable to have drinking water tested on a regular basis.