Testing Procedure for the Simplexhealth 10-In-One Water Quality Test Kit

This Water Quality Test Kit tests water for 10 different parameters, allowing you to identify the issues in your water quality so you will know how to correctly treat your water. This kit tests for: coliform bacteria, nitrate, nitrite nitrogen, total hardness, total alkalinity, total chlorine, free chlorine, copper, iron & pH.

Two different water samples can be tested (except bacteria) and the results can be compared to the Maximum Contamination Guidelines set by the European Union / UK. The instructions include a chart where test results can be recorded.

The test strips are a safe, reliable and accurate way to detect the quality of water.

Important

  • Keep tests out of reach of children and pets. Do not ingest anything from this test kit. Do not drink water sample used for testing. Store and use at room temperature 15-30°C (60-86°F).
  • Do not open packets or a vial until you are ready to perform the tests.
  • Do not touch test pads.
  • Do not use on hot water or water containing bleach detergents.
  • Do not re-use any part of the test kit.
  • Read and follow the instructions which are included with each test kit carefully.

The test strips follow our simple and easy-to-use Dip-Wait-Read method.

pH and Total Alkalinity Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into water sample for 10 seconds without any motion (keep strip still in sample). 
  2. Remove and immediately (within 15 seconds) match colour for pH, then match Total Alkalinity colour before 30 seconds have passed. 
  3. Complete colour matching within 20 seconds.

NOTE: pH strip may read low if Total Alkalinity is less than 80 PPM. Elevated results are likely in highly buffered solutions or solutions with high ionic content.

Total Hardness Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into water sample for 3 seconds.
  2. Remove and immediately match colour for Total Hardness (TH) as Parts per Million (PPM) or Grains per Gallon (GPG).
  3. Colour is stable for 1 minute

Nitrate/Nitrite Nitrogen Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into water sample for 2 seconds.
  2. Remove, wait 1 minute, then match colours for Nitrate/Nitrite Nitrogen.
  3. Colours are stable for 1 minute. Nitrate/Nitrite Nitrogen test pad is at strip end.

NOTE: To determine nitrate nitrogen ppm, subtract nitrite nitrogen ppm from nitrate/nitrite nitrogen ppm.

Iron (Fe+2/Fe+3) Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into a 200ml (8oz) water sample for 5 seconds with a constant, gentle back-and-forth motion.
  2. Remove the strip and shake once, briskly, to remove excess water.
  3. Wait 15 seconds then view through the aperture to match with closest colour. 
  4. Complete colour matching within 15 seconds.

NOTE: For better colour matching, fold the white plastic handle of the test strip under the aperture so that it produces a white viewing background.

Copper (CU+1/CU+2) Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into a 200ml (8oz) water sample for 15 seconds with a constant, gentle back-and-forth motion.
  2. Remove the strip and shake once, briskly, to remove excess water.
  3. Wait 30 seconds then view through aperture to match with closest colour.
  4. Complete colour matching within 15 seconds

NOTE: For better colour matching, fold the white plastic handle of the test strip under the aperture so that it produces a white viewing background.

Free & Total Chlorine Instructions

  1. Dip one test strip into a 500ml water sample with a constant, gentle back-and-forth motion for 10 seconds.
  2. Remove strip and shake once briskly, wait 15 seconds, then view through the apertures to match colour for Free Chlorine (end pad) and Total Chlorine.

NOTE: At high concentrations of free chlorine, the total chlorine colour will be slightly bluer than on the colour chart. This is normal. Match the colour by colour intensity. In samples with increased chloramines, the effect disappears. Where only chloramines are present (as used in some water treatment systems) the free chlorine level is zero and the total chlorine level is accurate.

Bacteria Instructions

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after test.
  2. Carefully remove the bottle cap; do not touch the inside of the cap or bottle opening.
  3. Fill the bottle with water sample to 1.3cm (1/2 inch) before the neck (75% full). DO NOT OVERFILL OR SPILL the bacteria growth media in the bottle.
  4. Securely and tightly replace the cap.
  5. Shake the bottle vigorously for 20 seconds to dissolve the media.
  6. Place closed bottle in a room with a temperature range of 20-32°C (70-90°F).
  7. Leave the bottle undisturbed and away from direct sunlight.
  8. Observe the liquid after 48 hours incubation time: a. purple colour = no harmful bacteria were detected in the sample; b. yellow colour = it is highly likely that harmful coliform bacteria are present.
  9. Dispose of water sample safely

 

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Please note: that this is a screening test and can not be used to certify water as safe or unsafe for drinking. This test kit provides approximate results ONLY when used in strict accordance with instructions. SimplexHealth expressly disclaims any liability resulting from the use of this product, failure to follow instructions, or reliance of test results. This is not a measuring instrument. Store in a cool, dry (below 32°C) place and away from excess heat and direct sunlight. No MSDS required. Keep away from children and pets. Avoid contact of test areas on strips with skin & eyes, do not ingest or expose to acids. Use a fresh water sample for each test.
 

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