Potability analysis is a fundamental process to ensure the quality and safety of water intended for human consumption. This evaluation consists of checking for the presence of chemicals, microorganisms and other contaminants that may pose health risks.
Carried out in specialized laboratories with certified scope, potability analysis uses water samples collected at different points, such as sources, distribution networks or treatment systems. These samples are subjected to rigorous tests that evaluate parameters such as the presence of chemical elements, pathogenic microorganisms and physical characteristics of the water.
- Chemical substances: the levels of chemical elements such as heavy metals (e.g. lead, mercury), pesticides, industrial chemicals, volatile organic compounds, among others, are checked.
- Microbiology: Pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria (e.g., Escherichia coli) and viruses are detected, which can cause waterborne diseases.
- Physical parameters: include the measurement of physical characteristics of water, such as color, turbidity, odor and taste, among other organoleptic parameters that may indicate the presence of impurities or contaminants.
The ordinance used to define the quality standards of water for human consumption is ORDINANCE GM/MS No. 888, OF MAY 4, 2021.
In summary, the analysis of water potability is a complex and thorough process, which aims to ensure the quality and safety of water intended for human consumption. Through this analysis, it is possible to identify and control the presence of contaminants, protecting people’s health and ensuring confidence in the water supplied.
EP Analítica is the EP Group’s accredited environmental analysis laboratory. We have been the fastest growing accredited laboratory of environmental analysis in Brazil for 6 years.