from the Lab.
Most people don't know how simple it is to get a water test. Just send in a sample (about 600 ml) in a clean bottle like a used bottled drinking water bottle. For water samples which are to be tested for irrigation, stock, general farm use or drinking (but not bacteria testing - see below), fill a plastic bottle previously used for bottled drinking water. Use a bottle that has previously held spring or pure water not a bottle that has held any type of mineral water or fortified sports drink. Rinse it well with the actual sample water before finally filling it. Try to fill the container completely so there is no air inside (this is because we routinely test for gases like carbon dioxide so need to exclude air). Alternatively use one of our water sample bottles. For bacteria tests you will need a sterile bottle. Check with your local pharmacy. They sometimes have sterile 50 ml specimen vials. If you can't find a sterile bottle we'll send one out. Bacteria tests can be ordered starting at Bacteria tests for water.
You'll find the complete list of tests starting from the menu on the left of all the product pages under Laboratory analysis. Checkout the page How to send a sample for contact details and a convenient sample details form. The main thing is that we need your contact details, where the water is from and what you want to know about your water or any problems you are having. The mailing address for samples is 115 Collie Rd, Gembrook, 3783.
Our Phone / Fax is 03 59 681 401.
What's new in bacteria testing in water. We are one of the few suppliers of the Coliscan Easygel family of bacteria test kits. Read about them starting from Bacteria in water.Ceramic filter cartridges are a good way to reduce bacteria and any parasites particularly for farm water supplies as long as the water is reasonably clean to start with. Usually you will need a dual cartridge system. Put a 1 micron sediment cartridge as the first cartridge then a ceramic cartridge as the second cartridge. See a range of home and commercial water filters for both town and country at Water Doctor water filters.
Bacteria testing in the classroom. A good starting point for your next school science project is the Home water quality kit that tests E coli, coliforms and aerobic plate count bacteria. Read about the kits at Home water quality kit. The Micrology Labs test kits are simple to use and provide actual numbers of bacteria. We use the same kits in our lab. Kits come with full instructions and there are even step by step instructions with pictures on this website. Start learning about Bacteria in water. Teachers, there is no preparation with Easygel kits and students find them easy to use.
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