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Potable Water Testing

Potable water or drinking water is an essential resource. It is required for food production, personal hygiene, or the haemostasis of the body. Furthermore, without clean water many industries would not be able to operate.

The quality of drinking water can vary due to the source or the form of treatment. Therefore, it is vital to sample and analyse the water before it is release for human consumption.

An assessment of the of the quality of the water and the characteristics of the supply system helps to manage risks associated with contaminated water such as the spread of viruses.

It’s important to note that potability tests should be conducted regularly, as water sources can become contaminated at any time. A potable water plan should be in place, and it is important to be proactive about testing and treating water sources.

Potable Water Analysis

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Frequently asked Questions

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What Industries rely on potable water?

Mining and construction are two of the industries that rely heavily on potable water. It is often one of the most important resources on a worksite. Not only is it necessary for human consumption, but it is also used for hygiene purposes, cleaning equipment, and more. Without clean water, workers would be at risk of dehydration and illness. Moreover, contaminated water can lead to serious health problems, such as cholera and dysentery. In remote locations, potable water may be scarce or unavailable, so it is important to have a reliable source of safe drinking water. To ensure that water sources are free of contaminants and safe for use, HSE Australia conducts Potable Water Testing at workplaces across Australia.

How is water quality determined?

Commonly Potable Water is tested via sampling and laboratory analysis. However, some contamination (physical contamination) might be visible and further lab analysis then is conducted to determine the type of contamination. A NATA accredited Laboratory can test for around 70 different contaminants. Some are detectable via a sensory assessment, such as odour, colour or taste. Other contamination would need to be assessed via a thorough lab analysis. The characteristics of water pollution fall into different categories:

    • Physical (often visible “dirty water”)
    • Microbial (bacteria, viruses, parasites)
    • Chemical (heavy metals, minerals e.g. fertilizer residue)
    • Radiological (e.g. naturally occurring radiation)

What are examples of sources of water contamination?

    • Pipelines & Plumbing (e.g. lead pipes)
    • Farming (e.g. pesticides, insecticides)
    • Livestock (e.g. faeces)
    • Oil & Gas production (e.g. leaks)
    • Pharma production (e.g. Drug residues)
    • Naturally Occurring Radiation Material (e.g. mining)

What are the Australian Standards around Drinking Water?

Various acts, standards and guidelines are relevant to the quality of drinking water meant for human consumption and use. Some are:

When is Potable Water Monitoring advisable?

Potable water sampling and analysis should be conducted when

    • Source of water changed
    • Contamination is expected
    • Contamination is assumed
    • Characteristics are changing
    • Recurring when water quality needs to be monitored over
      a prolonged period (daily, weekly, monthly, annually)
HSE conducts Potable Water testing and laboratory analysis.

As a leading provider of health, safety, and environmental solutions, HSE Australia, is extremely experienced in assessing, sampling and analysing potable water situations.
Tailored to your needs and the setting of your work site, and with your input, we will develop a testing approach and schedules that has low impact on your workflows but that ensures clean safe water.
Our well-trained Occupational Hygiene Specialists and Lab Technicians work even at remote sites to review the drinking water system, take water samples and get them analysede them for up to 70 types of contamination.
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