Household Drinking Water

If you need to investigate the quality and safety of water from your household or property, you need one of ChemCentre’s water suites.

Our world class facilities and NATA accreditation means we provide high quality results to ensure your water adheres to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

ChemCentre’s water suites are a cost-efficient selection of tests that determine the general chemistry of your water and can confirm the safety for consumption. This service is suitable for most:

  • household drinking waters,
  •  bore waters,
  •  other potable water sources, such as dams.  

 

If required, our scientists can also provide comments in the report on suitability for drinking, domestic use, irrigation and stock drinking water.

We have four water suites which can assist you, depending on the source of water and your requirements.

Domestic Water Suite

The ChemCentre Domestic Water Suite is ideal for water supplied from the mains. This is the most economical water suite, as mains water is also monitored by the Water Corporation so you may not require additional testing. The Domestic Water Suite measures the general chemistry of the water, including total salt content and pH level. It also provides an analysis of the mineral content of the water including common trace metals. A full list of the components of a domestic suite is shown below.

General ChemistryInorganic ChemistryTrace Metals
  • Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Bicarbonate (HCO3), Carbonate (CO3)
  • Conductivity
  • Hardness (total)
  • pH (acidity)
  • Calcium
  •  Total dissolved salts (Calculated)
  • Chloride
  • Potassium
  • Nitrate/Nitrite as N
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Sulphate
  • Arsenic
  • Aluminium
  • Boron
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Cobalt
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc

We can provide comments in the report on suitability for drinking, domestic use, irrigation and suitability for stock if required and requested on the paperwork at the time of submission.

Please note that we are unable to give a full interpretation of the data, but if there are any figures of concern, you can contact WA Health to discuss:

Water Unit, Environmental Health Directorate, Department of Health, tel: (08) 9222 2000.

All contact details including email address must be provided when submitting the samples. The analysis required is Domestic Suite.

Sampling

We require 500mL of sample in a clean plastic bottle, filled to the top with no air space and a plastic lid (a rinsed out mineral water bottle is fine).. The sample should be kept cool (not frozen) and delivered to the lab within 24 hours of collection. Please allow ten working days for results. 

Submission times: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

For other analyses, for example testing for pesticides or pathogens, specific sampling requirements may be necessary. Please contact us to discuss this with a ChemCentre scientist prior to collecting your samples.

Cost

There is a minimum charge for a single sample of $220.00 including GST. Add $133.10 (including GST) for each additional sample. 

For example, 2 x samples = $310.20; 3 x samples = $443.30; 4 x samples =$576.40.

Please note prepayment is required and must be made when you submit your sample.

 

 

Domestic Water Suite with Microbiological Testing

If you require additional microbiological analysis (E.coli, coliforms) of your tap water, our Domestic Water Suite with Microbiological Testing is for you. Microbiological testing is subcontracted to PathWest.

Additional sample volume for microbiological testing should be collected in a separate specially sterilised bottle (available to collect free of charge) and returned to the laboratory, chilled, within 24 hours of collection.

Contact us today to discuss your water analysis needs and organise an quote.

 

Rainwater Suite

If you capture your own rainwater, you will require a more comprehensive range of tests. ChemCentre’s Rainwater Suite includes a comprehensive range of drinking water tests, including microbiological testing, and follows the WA Government, Department of Health Standard Drinking Water Tests.

Please note that this testing requires specialised bottles, which can be collected free of charge (four bottles per sample).

Contact us today to discuss your requirements and organise an quote.

 

Bore/Dam Water Suite

If you use your own bore and dam water, you will require a more comprehensive range of tests. ChemCentre’s Bore/Dam Water Suite  includes a comprehensive range of drinking water tests, including microbiological testing, and follows the WA Government, Department of Health Standard Drinking Water Tests.

Please note that this testing requires specialised bottles, which can be collected free of charge (six bottles per sample).

Contact us today to discuss your water analysis needs and organise a quote.

 

Postal address

ChemCentre
PO Box 1250
BENTLEY DC WA 6983

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801
e: enquiries@chemcentre.wa.gov.au

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

ChemCentre
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance

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