Make sure your water supply is safe
Depending on where you live, your water supply comes from a public water supply operated by Irish Water, a private water supply such as group water schemes or your own household well.
Water, whether for a public municipality, water facility or business/home, must be tested regularly to make sure it is safe and free of potential health/environmental risks.
Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so water which may look good may not be safe to drink. These microbes can exist in surface and groundwater supplies and can cause sickness in humans if not properly treated.
While the EPA has identified the most important issues, to protect and improve drinking water supplies on a national level, if you are responsible for supplying water, to allow a smooth run for your business you must monitor your water to ensure it is safe and clean.
Drinking water quality is measured by taking samples and testing the drinking water within an area, for various parameters which include:
Bacteria are microscopic organisms that can survive in many different environments. They usually enter the water supply when the source water becomes contaminated. Some of the bacteria which can be found include:
- E – Coli
Several species of Bacteria are pathogenic, meaning they can cause infection, disease, or illness in other living things. They can also be parasitic, meaning they live off other living things, but can cause illness in the process.
Chemicals are tested in drinking water to determine if they are present and, if so, are they within acceptable limits. Chemical parameters that are present in drinking water can be caused by chemicals dissolving into water from pipes, chemicals carrying over from the treatment process, chemical reactions occurring between different materials in the water, or even runoff from the environment.
Metals occur naturally in the environment, where some metals are essential for life others, such as Lead and Mercury, are not essential and can have negative effects on health. Copper is an example of a metal that is essential in your diet but is toxic at high concentrations.
This parameter grouping includes all other tests not including Bacteria & Protozoa, Chemicals, and Metals. Testing for these parameters is required to signal if there is a potential problem with the water supply that requires investigation or that may point to a more serious problem