Our laboratory services
Our UKAS accredited laboratory provides results following testing of water and waste water samples for business and private water supply customers.
We support a wide range of public, private and regulated sector businesses to manage water quality and the health of their customers.
Our team provide an independent cost efficient analysis of samples for a wide variety of parameters such as
- Microbiological organisms
- General chemistry
- Pesticides and Insecticides
With our expertise and a diverse range of analytical techniques, we analyse water and waste samples to internationally recognised standards DWTS, MCERTS and ISO17025.
We support a variety of business driven regulatory monitoring requirements by analysing samples such as
- Private water supplies
- Ground waters and surface waters e.g. boreholes and rivers
- Swimming pools and recreational water
- Sea water
- Trade effluents
- Soils and sludges
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Who are Kier?
Kier are our chosen contractors working for us, previously known as May Gurney. They work on both areas of our water and sewerage network, including leak repairs, new connections and water meters, which can be reactive and planned activity. Contractors will carry ID...
How hard is my water?
Most of our area is sourced from moorland rivers and reservoirs and is classed as soft or moderately soft. In East Devon the water comes from deep underground boreholes and this water is classed as slightly or moderately hard. You can read more about Water...
Why is there a smell or taste to my water?
There are lots of factors that can affect the taste or smell of your water. We treat and test all the water we supply and sometimes the cause of a taste or smell can relate to issues with your private plumbing or appliances in your home. There’s more information about...
How can I prevent the build up of scale or biofilm on my appliances?
KettlesAlways use fresh water to fill kettles, re-boiling water will encourage the build up of limescale and other deposits which can lead to a taste in the water. Boilers and Central heatingKeep the temperature setting below 60°C. Scale build up usually occurs when the...
How do I arrange for my private or business water supply to be tested?
If you are a household customer and are concerned about your water supply, please contact our Services Helpline on 0344 346 2020. If you have a private water supply e.g a borehole or well, or you are a business, you can arrange to supply us with a sample so that we can...
What kind of laboratory tests and services do you carry out?
Our laboratory carries out a wide range of chemical and microbiological tests. We analyse environmental and recreational samples to support business’ meet their regulatory and public health requirements. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online...
When will I have the results of my sample?
After you’ve given us a sample, following quote and agreed analysis, we aim to provide you with an analytical sample report within 10 working days.
How should I deliver my sample to your laboratory?
You should bring your sample in a cool box or temperature controlled environment of 2-8 degree’s. We offer a courier driver to deliver samples between the designated collection points listed below across Devon and Cornwall to our Exeter Laboratory. Barnstaple...
What public health and environment services do you provide?
Our Laboratory analyses environmental and recreational samples to support businesses in meeting regulatory and public health requirements.
Do you carry out Legionella testing?
Yes, our laboratory is accredited for the analysis of Legionella in hot and cold water systems, swimming pools, spa pools and hot tubs. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form.
What is the stability (preservation) time of a chemical or micro-organism within a sample?
The chemical and biological matter found in samples may degrade over time and therefore each chemical or micro-organism is allocated a time in which they should be analysed. This ensures that the result reported is representative of the sample when it was taken. Details...
Can you test our trade effluent?
Yes. Our laboratory offers an independent analytical service for trade effluents. If you’d like to make an analytical enquiry you can use our online form
What does a CON29DW drainage and water search contain?
The Conveyancing 29 Drainage and Water (Con29DW) is designed to identify any liability that you may incur as an owner and uncover problems that may impact on the property value and lead to expensive maintenance bills. The search contains: An analysis of the risk of...