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Water Analysis Service

Why It Is Important to Get Your Water Analysed?

It’s important to get your water tested before spending time and money on water treatment which may not be appropriate to your specific water type.

Water can vary from house to house; just because your neighbour has a high iron content in their bore water, it doesn’t mean you do too.

Water can also change over time – so water that was tested and found to be high in Sodium 10 years ago, may not be that way today.

Some methods of water treatment are inexpensive, whilst others can be quite costly – so make sure you are getting all of the necessary information before purchasing your water treatment equipment.

Where to Start?

Once you complete the below form, we will email you an invoice for payment. Water Analysis’ range from $285.00 - $375.00 which can be paid by direct deposit or credit card. Once payment has been completed, we will send out the sample collection bottles depending on the testing you have selected.
The order will also be supplied with a Return Post Label so the samples can be returned to us free of charge.

What Test Should I Select?

We offer 2 different Tests for different applications:

Raw Water Suite $375.00: - Full comprehensive water analysis including:

Ca, Mg, Na, K, pH, EC, Cl, SO4, Alkalinity, Fluoride, Hardnes | Turbidity | CO² F + T | NOx | TDS - Weight | ICPMS - Dissolved Fe, Mn | Silica - Reactive | ICPMS - Metals (Total) {As, B, Ba, Be, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, V, Zn, Hg + Al, Sb, Fe, Ag, Mo, Sr, Li, U} | LSI Calc. | TOC | Tannin

This test is best suited if you are wanting to test the water for drinking water quality or domestic use in home – it provides all the relevant information required to implement water filtration.

Irrigation Suite $285.00: - Basic Water testing for using water for irrigation including:

Ca, Mg, Na, K, pH, EC, Cl, SO4, Alkalinity, Fluoride, Hardnes TDS (Calc) | NOx | ICPMS - Dissolved Fe, Mn | Silica - Reactive | ICPMS - Metals (Total) {As, B, Ba, Be, Cd, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, V, Zn, Hg + Al, Sb, Fe, Ag, Mo, Sr, Li, U}

When Collecting Sample from Bore Water:

  • Collect water sample as close to the bore/supply as possible, run the water for at least 15 minutes prior to taking sample.
  • Fill a sterile (preferable) & clean container of at least 2L with water from the bore. This is where you will draw the sample water from. Then follow the below directions.

CAUTION:

The Red and Purple Label bottles contain Nitric and Sulfuric Acid which is a corrosive liquid and should be handled with care. Wear appropriate PPE including gloves and eye protection when handling sample bottles. Ensure that the below procedures are followed correctly to avoid sample contamination.

Consumables supplied:

  • 1x 250mL Green Label bottle (No Preserve)
  • 2x 60mL Red Label Bottle (Nitric Acid Preserve)
    • 1 Filtered + 1 Un-filtered
  • 1x 60mL Purple Label Bottle (Sulphuric Acid Preserve)
  • 1x 40mL Purple Label Amber Vial (Sulphuric Acid Preserve) (Not supplied for Irrigation test)
  • 1x 0.45uM Syringe Filter (for use with Filtered 60mL Red Label)
  • 1x 10mL Syringe

Conducting the sample:

  1. Prepare a clean working area and ensure all equipment is withing reach and unpacked to minimise the chance of contamination.
  2. Label all sample containers with; Your Name and/or Water Supply name (E.g., Shed Bore) and the date/time of the sample. Ensure that you tick the Red Label bottle to signify that that sample has/will be filtered using the supplied syringe and filter.
  3. Put on a set of gloves and eye protection before opening and handling the preserve bottles.
  4. Open the Syringe from its packaging. To rinse the syringe, pull out the plunger and fill about a third full of sample water. Replace the plunger and gently shake to rinse the internal surfaces of the syringe and plunger. Discard the rinse water and repeat 3 times.
  5. Suck up sample water into syringe then add on the filter to the end. Push through 5mL of sample water through the filter to rinse the filter.
  6. Remove the filter and draw more water into the syringe, put the filter back onto the syringe and filter the water into the Red Label bottle designated as the Filtered Remove the filter before refilling the syringe with new sample water (Do not suck water up through the filter – remove each time to avoid damaging the filter and contaminating the sample). Repeat this until the sample bottle is full without overfilling then replace the cap.
  7. Using the un-filtered syringe or the Green Label bottle, draw water from the sample container and fill up the purple bottle & vial carefully until the water is to the top of the bottle without spilling and replace the caps firmly. Repeat this step for the designated Un-Filtered red label bottle.
  8. To take the Green Label Sample bottle and submerge it in the water – screw the cap on under water to eliminate air gaps. NOTE: Only the green label bottle gets submerged as it does not contain a preserve fluid.
  9. When the samples have been taken, please take a photo of all the bottles at the time of sampling and email it to us so we can compare the before/after appearance.
  10. Discard the syringe and filter appropriately.

Sampling Complete:

Once the sampling has been finished, package all the bottles carefully back into the box they arrived in and fill the gaps with the provided shredded paper/packaging material. Affix the supplied labels to the box and return the samples to an Australia Post office.

Return Address:
Filter Systems Australia
Unit 1, 38 Jade Drive
Molendinar, QLD 4214

What Happens Next?

When we receive your water sample, we will send it off for testing by a NATA approved laboratory which may take between 1-1.5 weeks. Once we receive the analysis, our experienced team will look over the results and pinpoint any things worthy of note that may cause issues. Using this information, including the information you have already provided, we can tailor a filtration set up specific to your needs and to your water supply. We will also supply you with a copy of your analysis through email + a hard copy with your order for future reference.

Please note that in some cases, water supplies can be deemed as un-usable and this is why we always require an analytical before making any recommendations, this ensures that you do not waste money purchasing filtration that is useless for your water supply.

Note: Test results are mineral and trace elements only, NOT bacterial. However, indicators within the analysis can indicate the presence of bacteria.

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