Water Quality Testing
Water is a fundamental necessity for life. It is essential not only for hydration but also for various daily activities like cooking, bathing, and cleaning. However, the quality of water we consume or use in our everyday life must be optimal to ensure our health and well-being. This is where water quality testing comes into play. Among the numerous elements and organisms that water quality testing can reveal, one focus is on Bacteroides, a type of bacteria that serves as an indicator of fecal contamination.
Bacteroides is a genus of gram-negative, anaerobic bacteria from the Bacteroidaceae family. They are typically found in the intestines of humans, animals, and birds. Given their origin, they serve as a key indicator of fecal contamination in water sources. Contact with Bacteroides can lead to serious health issues including skin and soft tissue infections, abdominal cavity infections, bacteremia, and osteomyelitis.
Interestingly, Bacteroides are more abundant than coliforms and E.coli in fecal matter, thereby increasing their detection likelihood in samples. With DNA testing techniques such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), laboratories can detect both live and nonviable bacteria. Analysis of Bacteroides can be performed on water, swab, bulk (soil), and air samples.
The Threat of Heavy Metals
Heavy metals are another significant concern when it comes to water quality. Exposure to heavy metals through drinking or tap water can lead to severe health conditions such as cardiovascular disorders, neuronal damage, diabetes, and various cancers. Our team conducts tests on potable and non-potable water sources for environmental heavy metal contaminants following EPA methods 6010/200.7 6020/200.8. We test for heavy metals such as antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, silver, thallium, and zinc.
Total Coliforms/E.coli: Indicators of Fecal Contamination
E.coli is a type of gram-negative bacteria closely linked with fecal contamination. These bacteria are typically found in the intestines of humans and animals. Testing for coliforms and E.coli helps identify the presence of sewage waste or fecal contamination in drinking water. If harmful bacteria are detected, we can assist in creating a remediation plan to eliminate these contaminants.
Monitoring Total Residual Chlorine/Chloramines
Chlorine and various chloramines are commonly used to disinfect drinking water. However, their levels in the water need to be optimal for safe human consumption. Regular testing can help determine if the levels of these chemicals are too low or too high, which can respectively impact the effectiveness of disinfection or pose health risks. Our method for detecting residual chlorine identifies five analytes, including total chloramines, chlorine, total residual chlorine, monochloramine, and nitrogen trichloride.
For comprehensive information on Legionella testing services or to test your water quality, please refer to our dedicated Legionella Testing Services page at Indoor Science. Legionella is a type of bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. It proliferates in warm water environments and can be found in various water systems.
In conclusion, water quality testing is a vital process that ensures the water we consume or use daily is free of harmful contaminants. It focuses on various elements and organisms, including Bacteroides, heavy metals, total coliforms/E.coli, residual chlorine/chloramines, and Legionella, among others. At Indoor Science, we offer comprehensive water quality testing services that adhere to EPA methods and use advanced techniques. So, take a step towards ensuring a healthier life by getting your water tested today.