Water Quality Testing Across All Sectors

AMES Group provides comprehensive water sampling services and risk assessments across Birmingham.

Our main water sampling services include:

  • Water quality sampling work as part of a control regime (to monitor and ensure the effectiveness of the programme)
  • A one-off quality sampling services
  • Snapshot analysis via ad-hoc water sampling
  • Domestic and commercial water sampling and Legionella risk assessments

UK law states that water services employed by many businesses, must be tested and treated to prevent the spread of water-borne bacteria. It’s essential to ensure you are compliant with The Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (WSR) to protect yourself and others from any related health and safety risk.

Why Do We Test Water Quality?

Testing water quality in labs is important because it allows us to identify any contaminants that may present a risk to peoples’ health. Failure to perform routine water sampling may allow unseen problems to develop further, such as Legionella bacteria growth and other water-borne diseases.

By performing water sampling and quality tests, we are able to identify threats and ensure water is kept clean and safe for drinking and leisure activities. All water should be drinkable for both humans and animals.

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Where We Sample

AMES Group sample and assess water quality in the following areas:


Public water systems

All public water systems will require water testing and sampling. Public water systems are responsible for providing you with suitable drinking water in your home and workspace.

The reason we pay our water bills is to ensure we are provided with suitable drinking water that meets the high standards set by the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. If contaminants are ever spotted in your water system, your water company will advise you immediately.

To be certain of consistent and accurate results, you can be certain that AMES only send samples to UKAS accredited laboratories.


Private Water Systems

people who do not receive their water from public sources may are likely using a private water supply source. These people are solely responsible for the quality of their water and ensuring regular checks are taken to ensure their water (and water sources) meet both quality and safety standards set by the NPDWS.

Routine testing is strongly advised for private water systems, as you will not receive updates on water quality like you would from public water systems. Even if you believe that your private water system is free of contaminants, it’s advised that you routinely test your water to record quality and any anomalies that may not otherwise be noticed.


Regular Water Analysis Checks Help To Maintain Confidence

Most of AMES Legionella Control’s clients prefer us to keep a routine check on their businesses water-systems to make sure that they minimise any disease or infection risks to their staff or clients.

How frequently should I test?

Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if you have a new well, or have replaced or repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing.


AMES Only Uses Accredited Laboratories

To be certain of consistent and accurate results, you can be certain that AMES only send samples to UKAS accredited laboratories.

How Can I Test Water Quality at Home?

water sampling Birmingham Water sampling test kit are available to buy online if you would prefer to conduct your own tests.

If and when you are asked to collect a water sample from your water tank, be sure to use the appropriate collection containers (most labs supply their own you can use). The collection part is simple, all you need to do is follow the instructions for collecting, preserving and handle the water samples.

Some water samples may require you to run the water for a few minutes before sampling. If you are collecting samples for coliform bacteria testing, they must be collected using sterile containers in sterile conditions.

If you would prefer for one of our technicians to assess and sample your water, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today via phone or email.

We Advise on Your Water Quality Test Results

water quality test When samples are found to have increased levels of bacteria, our technicians will arrange a follow-up procedure for immediate reporting. We will evaluate your water sample results and supply recommended actions with each sample certificate.

Regular Testing Ensures Compliance

Simple water quality tests are required to test for harmful bacteria such as Legionella, E-Coli and Pseudomonas is required to ensure legal compliance, particularly on the following systems:

  • Cooling Systems
  • Hot And Cold Systems
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzi And Hydro Pool
  • Water Features

It’s also advised that you regularly clean shower heads, hoses and other similar water dispensers (especially if they are not frequently used).

What Are the Drinking Water Standards?

drinking water standardsAs defined by the DWI, drinking water must be ‘wholesome’ and this term is defined in law by standards which include organisms, substances and properties of water in regulations. The definition of ‘wholesome’ highlights that the water quality must be of such a high standard that is is acceptable to be consumed by the general public.

The legal standards in the UK were set and enforced by the Drinking Water Directive (1998). It is essential that all public and private water systems follow the strict guidelines set by the DWD to ensure compliance and health and safety regulations are met.

Contact Our Technicians Today

For more information on water sampling and testing, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our technicians today. Understanding your responsibilities for water testing is essential to ensure you are compliant with the standards set by the DWD and WSR. Those using a private water system must perform routine checks to ensure their water is safe to use and consume.

The purpose of water quality testing is to ensure the water we consume is healthy and safe. Get in touch with our technical team for more information or to book an assessment.

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