Water Testing – Official and General Public

Water Analysis

Check Monitoring

The purpose of check monitoring is to regularly provide information on the organoleptic and microbiological quality of the water supplied for human consumption. Check monitoring also provides information on the effectiveness of drinking-water treatment (where used).

Check Monitoring Parameter testing provided by the laboratory

Chemical   Parameters

Microbiological   Parameters

Aluminium

Clostridium   perfringens   (Note 2)

Hydrogen   ion concentration [pH]

Escherichia   coli [E.coli]

Ammonium   ion

Coliform   bacteria

Iron

Enterococci

Colour

 

Conductivity

 

Nitrite

 

Fluoride   (Note 1)

 

Odour   (Manual Check)

 

Turbidity

 

Note 1. Fluoride is also included as a Check monitoring parameter if the water is fluoridated.

Note 2. Only required to be measured if the water originates from or is influenced by surface water.

Audit Monitoring

The purpose of audit monitoring is to provide the information necessary to determine whether all the parametric values (concentration limits) specified in the Drinking Water Regulations are being complied with.

Audit Monitoring Parameter testing provided by the laboratory

 

Chemical   Parameters

Chemical   Parameter

Aluminium

Nickel

Ammonium  

Nitrate

Antimony

Nitrite

Arsenic

Odour   (Manual Check)

Boron

Selenium

Cadmium

Sodium

Chromium

Sulphate

Chloride

Total   Hardness

Colour

Trihalomethanes   – Total

Conductivity

Turbidity

Copper

Microbiological   Parameters

Fluoride

Clostridium   perfringens   (Note 1)

Hydrogen   ion concentration [pH]

Coliform   bacteria

Iron

Colony   count 22oC

Lead

Enterococci

Mangenese

Escherichia   coli [E.coli]

Note 1. Only required to be measured if the water originates from or is influenced by surface water.

General Public

The laboratory provides a comprehensive chemical and microbiological drinking water analysis service. This is to judge the potability/drinkability of the water, having regard to S.I. 278 of 2007 Drinking Water Regulations. The testing can be for planning permission or other purposes.

The following Chemical & Microbiological analysis for potability/drinkability purposes is performed on drinking water samples submitted by the general public

Parameter

Parameter

Aluminium

Mangenese

Ammonium

Nickel

Antimony

Nitrate

Arsenic

Nitrite

Boron

Odour   (Manual Check)

Cadmium

Selenium  

Chromium

Sodium

Chloride

Sulphate

Colour

Total   Hardness

Conductivity

Turbidity

Copper

 

Fluoride

Microbiological   Parameters

Hydrogen   ion concentration [pH]

Coliform   bacteria

Iron

Enterococci

Lead

Escherichia   coli [E.coli]

Water samples are to have an associated Analysis Request Form :

For other chemical and microbiological analyses in water and associated analytical fees, contact the laboratory staff below

Laboratory contacts

Tel: 01 6612022

  1. Ken.McCartney@hse.ie
  2. Rachel.Hewitt@hse.ie