Drinking Water Testing: Information for Private Use
Drinking Water should be safe to use and aesthetically pleasing. It should be clear and colourless, with no unpalatable taste or odour, and it should contain no suspended matter, harmful chemical substances or pathogenic micro-organisms. The main sources of drinking water are from mains supplied water (tap water), groundwater (bores), surface water (dams, lakes) or rainwater tanks. Any water intended for human consumption should be tested for microbial and chemical quality.