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Environmental Water Monitoring

Assessing the health of your water bodies and meeting your legislative requirements

Whether you’re monitoring the water supply for your house or checking the quality of the new bore, RCA Australia offers a full range of Chemical and Biological services.

Pool and Spa Water

Nothing can turn a relaxing dip in a pool on a hot summer’s day into a nightmare quicker than picking up an infection from the water in the pool!

Whether you are monitoring the water supply for your house or checking the quality of the pool, RCA Australia offers a full range of Chemical and Biological services.

Pathogenic micro-organisms can be transmitted in swimming pools and spas from the ears, eyes, skin, respiratory tract, gastro intestinal and urogenital tract of people with infection.

Other sources for outbreaks have been linked to inadequately disinfected pools or even adverse behaviour such as spitting, accidents from toddlers wearing poorly fitted pants and poor personal hygiene.

Heterotrophic Plate Count (HTC) is also known as total plate count. It does not differentiate between the types of bacteria present, however it does indicate the total number of bacteria present in water under specific conditions.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) found in the intestinal tract of warm blooded animals and is always present in faeces in large numbers. This micro-organism does not multiply in water. Detection of E. coli indicates recent faecal contamination.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen common only found in water, soil, vegetation and also can be found in animal and human faeces. This micro- organism proliferates to high numbers particularly in warmer conditions such as spa waters, which have elevated water temperatures, and if there are high bather loads, and left unchecked, can be harmful to users. P. aeruginosa commonly causes ear and eye infections and folliculate skin infections. It colonises damaged systems such as burn wounds, damaged eyes and affects immune-compromised individuals

Drinking Water

Your water may look, taste and smell good but it could contain contaminants that could affect the health of you and your family. These contaminants can cause both acute and chronic health issues for infants, the elderly and those with other health problems.

Periodic testing and analysis by a certified drinking water laboratory is the ONLY way to know what is in your water. Annual testing, preferably in spring, is recommended for contaminants like bacteria and nitrates.