Well & Private Water Awareness Month here at TelLab

Over the next month, we will be sharing some information about the importance of drinking water safety with our customers. We are also offering a 10% discount on all our water testing packages, with your promotion code, valid for all domestic and private group water testing packages, until Friday 15 November 2019.

Cost of water analysis packages with discount code

Microbiological Testing normally €45.00, less 10% discount = €40.50  – Save €4.50!
Chemical Testing normally €150.00, less 10% discount =  €135 – Save €15!
Chemical & Microbiological Testing  normally €180.00, less 10%  = €162 – Save €18!

To avail of this offer

  • Simply call us on 059 91 52881, email us at info@tellab.ie,  fill out the online contact form, or  drop by our offices for your FREE Sample Bottle test kit (with instructions and a form to be completed before submitting your samples)
  • When you are ready, fill the bottles, complete the form and return to TelLab within six hours
  • Pay onsite via credit card, cheque or cash, quoting your discount code – WGO10 – to avail of your 10% discount
  • Sample results will be issued within 12 working days. Reports are issued in electronic and hard copy format. (Where results are required urgently, we can provide faster turnaround times, subject to a surcharge.)

T.E. Laboratories (TelLab) is an independent laboratory. We only provide analysis – not treatment. Thus, we have no vested interest in the outcome of your tests.  We are  ISO 9001 certified for water analysis and our  water testing  laboratory is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board.  View accreditation here. 

Why do I need to get my water tested?

  • If you get your water from your own private well or small group scheme, it is your own responsibility to ensure that it is safe to drink. No one else will alert you to the fact that it could be contaminated with chemicals. Nor will you get a boil notice from Irish Water if bugs have entered you water supply, as a result of run off from animal slurry, septic tanks or other sources.
  • The only way to ensure your drinking water is safe is to have it analysed by a laboratory accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB).
  • The EPA recommends that you get your private well or small private group scheme drinking water tested  in an INAB accredited laboratory once every year  for microbial contamination and once every three years for chemical contamination.
  • If your private well or group scheme supplies more than 50 people or a commercial business (such as a creche, hotel, restaurant or care home) you are LEGALLY REQUIRED to have you water supply tested twice a year for microbial contamination.

The risk posed by microbial contamination in your water

  • Our microbial water analysis test package will tell if you water is contaminated by microorganisms (bugs), which can cause frequent stomach upsets, especially to children, the elderly, those with a weakened immune system or visitors to your home, who may not be used to drinking the water.
  • The EPA estimates that between 15% and 30% of household wells are contaminated with a bacterium (bug) known as Escherichia coli (usually shortened to E. coli).
  • This bug can enter your well or private water supply as a result of cattle grazing nearby, run-off from slurry being spread on nearby land or runoff from a nearby septic tank that has been badly sited or is in some way defective.

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Possible chemical contamination in your water and effects

  • Our chemicals test package will provide you with information such as whether part of your plumbing system may still contain lead (only a risk in pre-1970s properties) or whether your drinking water may contain elevated levels of nitrite/nitrate from fertiliser run-off.
  • It will explain why you might be having issues such as staining of sanitary ware. Blue/green is usually attributable to copper, while red/brown staining normally occurs as a result of elevated iron or manganese levels.
  •  It will put a value or the hardness or otherwise of your water – or, at the other end of the scale, its acidity – and potential to corrode your pipes and hot water tank.

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