Water Testing & Chlorination: Ensuring Safety and Compliance in Multi-Utility Services

Ensuring access to safe and clean drinking water is not just a basic need; it is a foundational aspect of public health and wellbeing, and a critical consideration for successful development projects. Failing to address water quality can lead to costly delays, legal issues, and damage to your reputation. 

Aptus understands these challenges and stands at the forefront of delivering comprehensive water testing and chlorination processes, ensuring regulatory compliance and protecting both your investments and the health of future residents.


What Is Water Testing And Why Is It Important?

Water testing is a vital process designed to identify contaminants, bacteria, and other impurities in water. Its significance cannot be overstated, as it is crucial for ensuring that water meets stringent quality standards and regulations, thus safeguarding public health. For example, testing can detect harmful levels of lead, E. coli, and other harmful bacteria that can lead to serious health issues.

Aptus leverages advanced methodologies and state-of-the-art technology to deliver precise and dependable water testing solutions. This includes the use of spectrophotometers for detecting chemical pollutants and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) techniques for identifying microbial contaminants, ensuring comprehensive water quality assessment.


What Is Water Chlorination And How Does It Work?

Chlorination is a proven method for disinfecting water, effectively eliminating harmful microorganisms and ensuring its safety for human consumption. The process involves adding chlorine to water at controlled levels, which destroys pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, and prevents disease transmission.

For example, chlorination has been instrumental in eradicating diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery in many communities. Aptus adheres to exacting standards to ensure optimal chlorination levels, guaranteeing the safety and potability of water. By maintaining precise chlorination, we can prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases and ensure that the water remains safe to drink.


Your Water, Worry-Free: Complete Solutions For Safe And Compliant Water Systems

Aptus goes beyond the ordinary with a comprehensive suite of water services designed to make your life easier. We handle every aspect, from the initial consultation and design phase right through to installation, testing, and long-term maintenance, so you can focus on the bigger picture of your project.

Our expertise extends to:

  • Pipe swabbing & pre-commission cleaning: Ensuring every inch of your new pipework is pristine and free of debris before it goes live.
  • Disinfection & chlorination: Using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to safeguard the health of your water system.
  • Bacteriological sampling: Rigorous testing to verify your water meets or exceeds safety standards.
  • Domestic meter installation: Accurate and compliant metering solutions for every property.
  • Private water pipe installation: Full installation and testing for developments not on the mains water supply.

What is more, as WIAPS-certified installers (Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme), we are qualified to handle private water pipe installation with the highest standards of quality and safety.

With Aptus, it is not just about ticking boxes; it is about delivering exceptional water solutions that protect your investment and the wellbeing of future residents.


Our Chlorination Vans: Your Project’s Clean Water Guarantee

When it comes to preparing your new water network for safe use, Aptus does not cut corners. Our specialised chlorination vans are essential tools in ensuring your infrastructure is ready to deliver clean, potable water from day one.

These state-of-the-art vans not only perform the vital tasks of pressure testing and chlorination but also do so with hygiene as a top priority. Their unique dual-compartment design keeps sterile chlorination equipment separate from potential contaminants, giving you peace of mind that your water supply is never compromised.

Because we take cleanliness seriously, our vans are lined with easy-to-clean polymer and are equipped with hand sanitisers and floor drains, ensuring a hygienic environment throughout the chlorination process.

But our commitment does not end there. After thoroughly disinfecting your network, we will guide you through the final commissioning steps to get your project connected to the mains. This fully managed service saves you valuable time and resources while ensuring your development meets the highest standards of water quality and safety.



We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to further aid in understanding the critical aspects of water testing and chlorination.


What are the most common contaminants found in untreated water?

Common contaminants include bacteria like E. coli, viruses, parasites, chemicals from agricultural runoff or industrial waste, and heavy metals like lead or mercury.


How often should water be tested and chlorinated in new home developments? 

Water testing frequency depends on the source and regulations, but generally:

  • Annually for private wells
  • Daily to monthly for public water systems
  • More frequently for high-risk sources or if issues are detected


Is chlorine in drinking water safe for consumption?

Yes, when used in proper doses, as outlined by water quality standards. Chlorine levels up to 4 milligrams per litre (4 parts per million) are considered safe by WHO.


How long does the water testing and chlorination process usually take?

Timelines vary based on the size and complexity of the water system, but a typical process may take several days to a couple of weeks from initial testing to final chlorination and compliance approval.


What are the typical costs associated with water testing and chlorination for new home developments?

Costs vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, the types of tests required, and the duration of chlorination needed. We offer free consultations to assess your specific requirements and provide a detailed quote.


Partner With Aptus For Your Water Testing And Chlorination Needs

Since our inception in 2010, we have set the benchmark for quality and reliability in the water testing and chlorination sector. Our fully managed services, certified by the prestigious Lloyd’s Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS), combined with our team of 250 dedicated professionals, position us as the partner of choice for projects across the nation.

Our commitment to delivering cost-effective, efficient, and reliable services is exceptional, making us the go-to specialist for all your water safety and compliance requirements.

For reliable, efficient water testing and chlorination services that guarantee safety and compliance, trust the expertise of Aptus. Contact us today at 01204 325 000 or by emailing paul.noon@aptusutilities.co.uk to discuss your project requirements, and allow us to show our dedication to excellence in servicing your water supply needs.

Published on 11th July 2024

Adrian Cunningham

Adrian Cunningham

Technical Manager

Adrian Cunningham leads the Technical Management division at Aptus, specialising in Electrical Engineering within the Street Lighting & Utilities sector. He has demonstrated expertise in Electrical Estimating, Electrical Design, Contract Management, and Project Planning.

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