Addressing water testing – an overview

Clean drinking water is essential to life – and it’s everyone’s right. Contract testing laboratories, businesses and governmental agencies are challenged with maintaining compliance with evolving regulations, technologies, and methods to higher volumes of samples, time-sensitive assays, even the unexpected emergency – all while adhering to strict and often-changing regulations.  

The Nexion tests for lead, copper, and other trace metals in drinking water

From inscriptions found in ancient Egyptian tombs, we know that the treatment of water for drinking dates back nearly 4 000 years. But it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that we connected water quality with human health, driving the first regulation of drinking water, London’s Metropolitan Water Act of 1852. In 1948, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was authorised in the U.S. and drinking water contaminants (and regulations) have grown exponentially since then. At the same time, detection levels and turnaround times have become ever stricter.

PerkinElmer’s water analysis solutions help worldwide to analyse even the most diverse matrices and time-sensitive drinking, surface, groundwater, and waste samples to ensure regulatory compliance, aiding in its world-wide goal for contamination-free water. Here are some facts:

  • PerkinElmer instrumentation and solutions test 289 billion gallons of water a year worldwide to provide safe drinking water for a billion people.
  • The ICP-MS (NexION) and ICP (Avio) platforms are the systems of choice for testing lead, copper, and other trace metals in drinking water; ensure compliance with EPA, ISO, and APAC regulations; and are installed in more than 70% of U.S. water testing labs and other geographies.
  • Accurate and fast GC- GC/MS technology (Clarus) for volatile and semi-volatile organic testing.
  • LC-MS/MS (QSight ), with its Stay Clean Technology, ensures high uptime.
  • For more than 50 years, the company has collaborated with academia and worked with global regulatory bodies to pioneer testing solutions for emerging pollutants.
  • PerkinElmer offers turnkey, stay-clean solutions with the information and reports required for regulatory agencies.

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PerkinElmer
Tel: (011) 564 0600  
Fax: (011) 564 0899 
sonja.oosthuizen@perkinelmer.com
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