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Why Regular Water Testing is Essential for a Safe Water System

19 March 2024

Your building’s water system is essential. Whether it’s for a school, care home, office, or gym, everyone depends on it. But how do you know it’s safe?

Water tests are like health check-ups for your water system. They detect contaminants and other potential hazards that could harm your health.

 Regularly having your water systems tested by an expert protects your water quality and ensures the safety and well-being of everyone who relies on it, whether they are patients, customers, staff, or students.

In this blog, our experts at H2O Hygiene delve into what water testing involves and why consistent water testing is crucial.


The importance of regular water testing


Water testing is a process that involves analysing various aspects of water quality to ensure it is safe to use. It involves several key steps:


Sample collection

 Experts collect water samples from different sources around the building, including taps and storage tanks.


Laboratory analysis

The collected samples are then taken to accredited laboratories using advanced testing equipment. Here, the samples are tested thoroughly to detect a wide range of contaminants and other hazards and determine the quality of the water.


Results and remedial work

The results of the water tests are documented in detailed reports that are provided to the site manager or owner. These reports include recommendations for remedial action for any issues that have been identified.


Legionella risks and how to prevent them

 One of the most crucial aspects of water testing is a legionella risk assessment. Legionella bacteria, which thrive in water systems, can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia.

 This is particularly concerning in environments like care homes and hospitals, where individuals are more vulnerable to infections. A legionella risk assessment involves:

  • Testing water samples for the presence of the bacteria
  • Inspecting water systems for conditions that promote bacterial growth
  • Implementing control measures and carrying out remedial work and water treatments to reduce risks

Legionella awareness is essential for anyone responsible for maintaining a water system. Legionella bacteria can grow in various parts of water systems, including cooling towers, hot water tanks, and decorative fountains.

The risk increases in systems where water temperatures sustain bacterial growth or where water stagnates. However, these risks can be significantly minimised through regular testing and proactive measures.


Partner with H2O Hygiene for comprehensive water safety solutions

At H2O Hygiene, we’re dedicated to providing expert water maintenance and management solutions to ensure the safety and compliance of your water systems.

Whether you need a water test, a legionella risk assessment, or are interested in securing an ongoing maintenance contract to keep your water system in top condition, our team is here to help.

Don’t leave the safety of your water systems to chance. Get in touch with our friendly and professional water risk assessment team today to learn more about our services.

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