Water testing for iron - iron in water - origin and consequences
Iron can end up in tap water for a variety of reasons. It can enter water from iron pipes that normally have a zinc coating. Over time, this zinc coating can erode, releasing iron into the water. Taps and fittings can also be the cause of iron in water. Similarly, pipes made of copper (in new buildings) and lead (in older buildings) can cause contaminated water. Test your water for these metals and a wide range of other substances with our Water Analysis PLUS.
The maximum concentration of iron that should be present in tap water according to the Water Supply Regulations is 0.2 mg/l.
This standard should be complied with to prevent the build up of iron residue in tanks and pipes and thus avoid time-consuming cleaning measures. Iron predominantly enters drinking water as rust and gives it a reddish brown colour.
Iron is an essential trace element for the human body. One of its purposes is to support the transport of oxygen in the blood. Iron is thought to pose a health risk when the daily dose exceeds 200 mg/l.
Testing water for iron - how it works
Our iron test helps you to either rule out or detect potential contamination of your water. If the statutory limit for iron is exceeded, action is required on the part of the property owner. The iron test can be done in just a few steps, and you will receive the results just 7 days after the laboratory receives your sample. Not only do you find out if your drinking water is contaminated with iron, but you find out to what extent. If you suspect contamination, we recommend this test.
In addition to iron, your water may contain a range of other contaminants. Why not test your tap water for other heavy metals and bacteria? Take a look at our other water test kits. Other substances which commonly end up in drinking water through pipes and fittings include the heavy metals copper, lead and nickel, which can be harmful for pregnant women, children and adults when ingested on a regular basis. An analysis of these heavy metals is not included in this test. The statutory limits are substantially lower for these substances (copper: 2.0mg/l, lead: 0.01mg/l). Our Combined Test, which tests for these heavy metals as well as for 11 other substances, quickly gives you peace of mind, and the Water Analysis PLUS, which tests 31 parameters, means you can be on the safe side.
Don't know which test is the right one for you? Find a comparison of our water test kits here.