Chemicals in drinking water
If your drinking water comes from a public (mains) supply, then Irish Water is responsible for monitoring its quality – and, in turn, Irish Water’s water quality monitoring programme is audited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If, on the other hand, your drinking water comes from a small group scheme or private well, then you yourself, or the scheme managers, are responsible for ensuring it is safe to drink.
T.E. Laboratories (TelLab) provides microbial (explained here) and chemical water testing. Our chemical analysis package for well and group water schemes measures the following parameters for compliance (in terms of maximum admissible concentration) with regulations (as per SI 122 of 2014 Drinking Water regulations).
- Water ‘hardness’, calcium and magnesium
- Alkalinity and Langellier Index @15°c & 80°c
- Iron and manganese
- Nitrite and ammonia
- Colour and turbidity
For more information about each of these parameters click on the relevant link above or read on…