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The Importance of Water Testing

Water is a vital resource that sustains life, but it can also harbour hidden dangers. Pathogenic microorganisms, dissolved chemicals, and minerals can contaminate water, posing serious risks to our health. That’s why water testing is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of our most important resource.

At Andersen Caledonia, we understand the significance of water testing. We are committed to providing comprehensive solutions to meet all your testing needs. We take pride in offering one of the widest ranges of accredited tests in the UK. Catering to various types of water – from pharmaceutical grade water for injection to spa water and everything in between.

Our laboratory employs two main methods for water testing: the traditional cell culture method and the rapid molecular method using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). The latter, in particular, offers distinct advantages that set it apart from conventional testing methods.

One of the key benefits of qPCR is its speed. With this method, you can receive test results within a couple of hours, significantly faster than waiting weeks for legionella testing or even up to a month for mycobacteria analysis. This rapid turnaround time enables prompt action and facilitates timely decision-making to address any potential water quality issues.

Furthermore, qPCR is highly accurate, sensitive, and specific when it comes to identifying specific organisms. Our Legionella qPCR method can detect all Legionella species as well as specifically identify the presence of pathogenic Legionella pneumophila. By utilising this advanced molecular testing approach, we ensure that potential threats are identified accurately, allowing for targeted and effective interventions.

Our commitment to excellence in water testing extends beyond the standard parameters. We offer testing services for a wide range of water types, including reverse osmosis water, water for injection, steam condensate, drinking water, and spa water. This comprehensive approach allows us to address diverse industry needs, ensuring that water safety standards are upheld across various sectors.

In addition to water testing, we also recognise the importance of environmental monitoring to safeguard against potential pathogens. That’s why we now offer a rapid, sensitive, and specific environmental pathogenic Aspergillus qPCR assay test. This innovative test method can detect the presence of pathogenic Aspergillus species such as A.terrus, A.fumigatus, A.niger, and A.flavus. These strains of Aspergillus can cause a severe upper respiratory tract disease called Aspergillosis, which, if left untreated, can be fatal. By detecting and identifying this pathogen, our assay enables timely remediation and prevents the further spread of this dangerous fungus.

The process of obtaining accurate environmental swab analysis is simple with Andersen Caledonia. We provide you with a dry swab kit, which you can use to collect a sample from the area of concern. After swabbing, you can conveniently send the swab back to our laboratory for analysis via post. Our expert team will conduct the necessary tests using qPCR. Therefore, providing you with reliable results and actionable insights to ensure the safety of your environment.

Water testing is not just a regulatory requirement; it is a crucial step in safeguarding our health and well-being. At Andersen Caledonia, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and accurate testing services to protect our most valuable resource. With our advanced molecular testing methods, wide range of accredited tests, and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to deliver reliable results that enable you to make informed decisions and take proactive measures to ensure water safety.

Remember, water testing is not just a responsibility—it’s our shared commitment to a healthier and safer future. Get in touch with us today for more information.



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