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The various industries that require testing of drinking water and the benefits derived by testing

It is especially important to understand and measure water quality as it directly impacts human consumption and health, industrial and domestic use, and the natural environment.
Without water, many companies and the products they provide would fail to exist. Water use is a fundamental commodity for nearly every step of the manufacturing and production processes around the world.
Industries account for around 40% of total water abstractions. Industries that have a high usage of water and need for treatment include: brewery and carbonated beverage water; dairy industries; sugar mills and refineries; textile manufacturing; pulp and paper mills; oil and gas; the automotive and aircraft industries and many others.
Manufacturing and other industries use water during the production process for either creating their products or cooling equipment used in creating their products. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), water is used for fabricating, processing, washing, diluting, cooling, or transporting a product.
Depending on the product being manufactured and the raw water quality in the region, different levels of treatment technologies are required. For example, for medical, electronics manufacturing and food processing, deionized water is an essential ingredient. Contaminated water could interfere with the manufacturing of precise and sensitive products, such as circuit boards. Therefore, it is essential that water is tested in the industrial sector before usage.

The benefits of testing drinking water:
  • Testing helps identify the existing problems in the drinking water samples
  • It ensures water is suitable for the intended use, especially if used for drinking
  • It helps track changes over time and helps in maintaining a record of the same
  • It helps determine the effectiveness of a treatment system
The various tests conducted for drinking water and its international guidelines

Given below is a general description of the significance of water quality tests usually done in the industrial sector:
Testing procedures and parameters may be grouped into physical, chemical, bacteriological and microscopic categories.

  • Physical tests indicate properties detectable by the senses.
  • Chemical tests determine the amounts of mineral and organic substances that affect water quality.
  • Bacteriological tests show the presence of bacteria, characteristic of fecal pollution
Physical Tests for Drinking Water

Colour, turbidity, total solids, dissolved solids, suspended solids, odour and taste are recorded. These are characteristics of the physical tests are further elaborated below:
Colour in water may be caused by the presence of minerals such as iron and manganese or by substances of vegetable origin such as algae and weeds. Colour tests indicate the efficacy of the water treatment system.

Turbidity in water is because of suspended solids and colloidal matter. It may be due to eroded soil caused by dredging or due to the growth of microorganisms. High turbidity makes filtration expensive. If sewage solids are present, pathogens may be encased in the particles and escape the action of chlorine during disinfection.
Odour and taste are associated with the presence of living microscopic organisms; or decaying organic matter including weeds, algae; or industrial wastes containing ammonia, phenols, halogens, hydrocarbons. While chlorination dilutes odour and taste caused by some contaminants, it generates a foul odour itself when added to waters polluted with detergents, algae and some other wastes.

Chemical Tests for Drinking Water

pH, hardness, presence of a selected group of chemical parameters, biocides, highly toxic chemicals, and B.O.D are estimated in the chemical tests.

pH is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration. It is an indicator of relative acidity or alkalinity of water. Values of 9.5 and above indicate high alkalinity while values of 3 and below indicate acidity. Low pH values in water help in effective chlorination but cause problems with corrosion. Drinking water should have a pH between 6.5 and 8.5.

B.O.D.: It denotes the amount of oxygen needed by microorganisms for stabilization of decomposable organic matter under aerobic conditions. High B.O.D. means that there is less oxygen to support life and indicates organic pollution.

Why Atlas Lab is your trusted service provider for drinking water testing

At Atlas Lab, we conduct various tests on drinking water to check its quality for the suitability of all the sectors including the various industrial sectors like processing, product treatment, cleaning, and cooling. We are a state-of-the-art laboratory conducting various tests and providing its analytics to large national and international clients on a global scale.

With our years of experience in water quality assessment, our unique treatment plans will help treat your water sample safely and securely.

We strive towards making water testing more accessible and raise water quality standards for a healthier and cleaner world.

Our (Blue) Planet faces many challenges including pollution of groundwater and of our precious rivers and lakes. With better access to quality lab testing, we will help empower individuals, organizations everywhere.

It is said that ‘better measurement leads to better management’ and the combined efforts of our efficient team and through treatment plans will help play a vital role in access to clean drinking water.

Be a part of this meaningful mission and join our network today.

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