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UKAS Water Sampling

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UKAS Water Sampling

Do I Need Microbiological Sampling?

Pipe Testing Services, your trusted partner, ensures water quality. Specifically, we focus on UKAS water sampling and water control schemes involving microbiological sampling. At PTS, we use industry-leading methods to deliver exceptional services to our valued clients nationwide. Now, let’s examine why and when you may need microbiological sampling for your water systems.

What is UKAS Water Sampling and Why is it Important?

UKAS Water Sampling plays a vital role in evaluating water quality across various systems. It significantly safeguards public health and ensures compliance with regulatory standards, such as BS8558:2015.


    When is Water Sampling Required?

    If there is any uncertainty, BS8554:2015 specifies the following situations where sampling is required:

    One-off sampling for compliance reasons
    Ad-hoc sampling as a verification method.
    Sampling to carry out an investigation.
    Random sampling.
    Identification and implementation of schemes for commissioning reasons and for investigative water quality monitoring.

    Importance of Water Safety and Testing

    Ensuring water safety is paramount for the well-being of individuals and communities. Regular water testing plays a crucial role in identifying potential contaminants and ensuring that water quality meets the required standards. Whether you’re a homeowner, a facility manager, or an industrial professional, you have a vital role in maintaining water safety for all. Understanding water quality standards and regulations is crucial for ensuring compliance and adhering to public health guidelines. Pipe Testing Services is fully committed to assisting you in meeting these standards, including those specified in ACoP L8/HSG 274.

    What Does Microbiological Sampling Involve?

    At Pipe Testing Services, we excel in microbiological sampling, providing comprehensive testing for over 50 different types of microorganisms, as outlined in BS8680:2020. Our expert technicians follow an in-depth methodology provided through official training, adhering to the high standards set by BS7592:2008. This meticulous approach ensures the delivery of precise and reliable results, which are subsequently sent to an independent UKAS laboratory for further analysis.

    Legionella sampling should align with microbiological sampling when:

    1. Systems have been treated with biocide and storage/distribution temperatures were set outside acceptable parameters.
    2. Systems have failed to upkeep the crucial control measures.
    3. A Legionella outbreak is suspected (download action levels from ACoP L8). As Legionella contractors, we offer services to resolve legionella outbreaks through remedial works or prevention through thorough risk assessments
    4. There are high-risk areas due to users of water systems falling into a highly susceptible category such as hospitals caring for patients with compromised immune systems, for example.
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    Get in Touch for Expert UKAS Water Sampling

    We prioritise enhancing water quality through UKAS Water Sampling. Our expertise, strict adherence to standards, and unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction make us the ideal choice for all your water testing needs. Contact us today to benefit from our reliable water sampling services.

    Please reach out to Pipe Testing Services using the following contact information:

    Phone – 01922 451646 Email – Address – Unit 27 Birchbrook Industrial Estate, Shenstone, Lichfield, Staffs, WS14 0DJ

    We are committed to delivering reliable and reputable services to ensure the safety and compliance of your water systems. Contact us now to discuss your needs or to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you.


    Finding UKAS-accredited water testing laboratories is essential for obtaining reliable and accurate results. You can often find accreditation information on laboratory websites or inquire directly about their accreditations. With us, you won’t have to worry about finding a reputable laboratory, as we work closely with an independent UKAS-accredited body that handles microbiological sampling on our client’s behalf.

    Though UKAS water sampling may not be mandatory in all cases, it is highly recommended to meet regulatory requirements and ensure the safety of water systems.

    The frequency of water sampling depends on the type of water system and its usage. For most applications, regular sampling, typically on a quarterly or annual basis, is advisable.

    While some basic water sampling can be done by individuals (there are DIY water sampling kits available), it is best to hire professionals like Pipe Testing Services for accurate and comprehensive sampling, especially for complex systems.

    Pipe Testing Services operates nationwide, covering various regions across the UK. We have engineers located in different areas, so we are likely to serve your location. Contact our team to confirm our coverage and discuss your specific needs.