Allora E coli water test kits | Water contaminated with bacteria is a major cause of water borne diseases in humans. These include diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, paratyphoid, gastroenteritis and cholera.
E coli Water Test Kits
You generally don’t get to know that your water has bacteria in it until its too late. For those that source their water from untreated reserves such as dams, creeks or rain water tanks its always best to test your water to prevent illness or disease.
The Allora E coli water test kit simplifies water quality testing where it was previously too difficult and expensive. In addition to this there is no need to send samples to a lab for testing the quality of your drinking water. Easily determine the presence of E coli.
E coli water test kits are used for the following water sources.
- Swimming pools and spas
- Tap and portable water
- Water tanks, dams, wells and borehole water
- Effluent waste water and industrial
What is E coli?
E coli (Escherichia coli) is generally a type of bacteria that indicates fecal contamination from warm blooded animals which includes humans. Certain strains of E coli are not dangerous and actually help us to digest nutrients in our digestive systems. Some strains of E coli can cause illnesses such as stomach cramps, severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia and other serious illnesses. People with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of developing these complications. For instance pregnant women, young children and older adults.
E coli contamination is not always noticeable straight away. The incubation period can last for 1 to 4 days which then leads into mild symptoms that worsen over several days. These include stomach pains, non-bloody diarrhea and nausea.
E coli Infection Causes
E coli infection is caused by eating foods that are contaminated with the E coli bacteria or drinking water which has been infected. Some of the main reasons include the following.
- Preparing food with dirty utensils, equipment or dirty hands
- Eating foods that are not stored at the right temperature or not cooked correctly
- Consuming raw seafood's or unpasteurized milk
- Contaminated water due to poor sanitation can cause bacteria from animal or human waste
- Drinking water from a contaminated swimming pool
- Spread from one person to the next due to poor hygiene
E coli Test Kit Information
In summary, the E coli test kit is an easy to use test that takes up to 10 minutes for a qualitative test and 60 minutes for a quantitative test.
E coli Test Kit Includes: 1 bacteria test with 1 x coliform cult satchel & instructions for use
Sensitivity: 1 colony per 100ml
Indicator: Presence / Absence
Test time: 10 Minutes (depending on temperature at time of test)
E coli Test Kit Results Chart
How to use the E coli test kit
Before taking this test, please read the full instructions that come with the E coli testing kit.
Warning: As a result of the E coli test kit containing "Lysate" which is a corrosive product that causes irritation to the skin. We suggest using gloves for this test. If you do come in contact with Lysate please wash hands immediately after use.
- Take a sample of the water to be tested with the pipette provided with the E coli test kit.
- Add lysate 0.4ml to the same.
- Shake the mixture well then keep in-rest condition for 10 minutes.
- Remove one strip from the box and replace the cap immediately.
- While holding the strip from the opposite end of the test pad, immerse the reagent area (the test pad) of the strip in the water specimen or water stream and wait for
- Optional 1: Qualitative test 10 minutes
- If the test pad changes to any shade of blue, this indicates that E coli is present.
- Contained in test sample. Otherwise No
- Optional 2: Semi-quantitative test 60 minutes
- Tap off excess water
- Compare your results to the chart. Read the test results carefully in a well-lit area with the test
- Pad held near the color chart
- Match the test strip colors with the corresponding colors on the chart and record your results.
- Discard used test strip, clean apparatus for next time use.
In conclusion, if your E coli test kit has detected the presence of the bacteria, we suggest contacting your local water board or city council. In the meantime use bottled water and investigate any reasons why your water has been infected. To test your water use the E coli Water Testing Kit
For more information on E coli and Australian Drinking Water Quality, visit the Department Of Heath website in your area. E coli & Drinking Water Quality