QUESTION: Where can I have my drinking water / tap water tested for general water quality? 04/04/10New South Wales, Australia
I would like to have a testing for a tap water
EMAIL TWO Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 10:54 PM
Dear Elizabeth O'Brien
Thank you for taking the time to contact me today and for the information provided by this email, It is a pleasure to have a service of that kind, and i am sure it will be of a great help for me, And yes, i can see why you have the Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment, I will be in contact in a future for any help needed, Warmest regards
ANSWER: Apr 12 2010
After phoning you just now, it suddenly occurred to me that I had seen a general drinking water quality testing facility on the Health Department's website a few years ago. It's costly but you might still be interested. Their lab at Lidcombe is NATA accredited to test lead in food residues, agricultural products, blood, serum, urine, water, children's toys and from buildings but they obviously are accredited to test a lot of other things too. Samples can be posted to Division of Analytical Laboratories (DAL), PO Box 162 Lidcombe NSW 2141, but must be accompanied by a cheque if you are a new customer. Phone for pricing and sampling instructions: direct - 96460424, or switch - 96460222.
See NSW Health / DAL Sampling Programs which is written for Water Authorities involved in regular monitoring of mains water quality etc but which also has a section on Private Samples which states "Samples in this category are submitted on a fee for service basis." Reading the pdf will give you some idea of the plethora of types of tests available to determine drinking water quality and tell you about the paperwork which must accompany the numbered sample in the post.
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