Potable / Drinking Water Sampling

Drinking Water Sampling
In South Africa, the standard for potable or drinking water testing is SANS (South African National Standard) 0241. This standard sets out the requirements and guidelines for sampling and testing of water intended for human consumption to ensure it meets health and safety standards.

Some key parameters that are typically tested in accordance with SANS 0241 include:

  • Microbiological parameters such as total coliforms, E. coli, and faecal coliforms
  • Chemical parameters such as pH, turbidity, total dissolved solids (TDS), nitrates, nitrites, lead, arsenic, and fluoride
  • Physical parameters such as temperature, colour, odour, and taste

It is important to regularly test drinking water to ensure it is safe for consumption and free from harmful contaminants. Water quality testing should be conducted by accredited laboratories using approved methods to comply with SANS 0241 standards.

If you are concerned about the quality of your drinking water in South Africa, you can contact a certified laboratory that specializes in water testing to arrange for analysis according to SANS 0241 guidelines.