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Watersafe Bacteria Test - 1 test

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Contaminated water may not smell or taste bad, but the presence of even small amounts of some kinds of bacteria can cause anything from upset stomachs to hospital visits. Some waterborne bacteria can even be deadly! Don't risk it for your family. Test your water for harmful bacteria with our simple do-it-yourself kit.

Contains one EPA-based Coliform Bacteria* test for your home tap water, detailed instructions and comparison table.

The bacteria test is testing for total coliform bacteria. Some examples of coliform bacteria include E.coli, serratia, enterobacter, ctirobacter and klebsiella. The Drinking Water bacteria test is a Presence-Absence Test, which is used by water agencies around the world as the primary determinant of bacteriological water safety. References to this testing method go back to at least the 1930’s [Weiss and Hunter. 1939. J. Am. Water Works Assoc. 31:707].  

  • Easy to use
  • Reliable
  • Low detection level
  • Ideal for on-site and field testing
  • Suitable to test drinking water for bacteria due to its low detection level

(EPA = Environmental Protection Agency, USA)

*The presence of bacteria in drinking water is usually the result of a problem with your region's water-treatment plant or private well. A positive result indicates that your water may be contaminated with bacteria that can be harmful to your health or cause disease.

Suitable for: fresh water samples, including water from tanks taps, wells, springs, boreholes, ponds as well as rain water

Contains: one bacteria test vial, detailed instructions

Total Test Time: 48 hours


  1. Take out the bacteria test vial and set upright on a flat surface.
  2. Collect water sample or turn on tap to a very slow stream.
  3. Carefully twist off cap and fill vial to 5 ml line.
  4. DO NOT OVERFILL and DO NOT SPILL the bacterial growth powder in the vial.
  5. Replace cap and twist on tightly. Shake the vial vigorously for 20 seconds.
  6. Place the capped vial upright in a warm area (70-90°F / 21-32°C) where it cannot be disturbed for 48 hrs.
  7. After 48 hrs., observe the color of the liquid without opening the vial:

Purple color: Negative Result (No bacteria were detected).

Yellow Color: Positive Result (It is highly likely that potentially harmful bacteria were detected).

For positive results, add bleach to the sample before pouring down the toilet, then wash hands carefully. Negative samples may be poured directly into the toilet. Discard vial in the trash.

If your water tests outside the desired values, call your water supplier immediately.

Please note: The instructions describe that the test should be kept at 70-90°F - this relates to 21-32°C.

  • Keep tests out of reach of children or pets. Do not ingest anything from this test kit. Do not drink water sample used for testing.
  • Store and use at room temperature (60-86°F / 16-30°C).
  • Do not use on hot water or water containing bleach detergents. Do not re-use any part of the test kit.
  • Do not open packets or vial until you are ready to perform the test.
  • Read and follow all instructions carefully before starting the test.

Please note: Store in a cool, dry place (below 15-27°C) 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. Please read detailed instructions fully before use.

Please note: that Watersafe® is a screening test and can not be used to certify water as safe or unsafe for drinking. Watersafe® 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. Wash hands before and after use. 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. Dispose of used tests responsibly.

Made in USA

Ref: WS-831 Stock Status: 82 Units in Stock Manufactured by: Watersafe

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Product Reviews
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars Wednesday 28 May, 2014 By Dr. Mike
I have used these fecal coliform tests for several years in Haiti. They are small, easy to use and read with a simple color change, and appear to be very effective.
5 out of 5 stars Saturday 06 April, 2013 By J. Sinclair
This water test is so easy and gives piece of mind. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has doubts about the safety of their drinking water