Element’s experts assess the physical and chemical properties of water quality to help environmental consultants make sure the water meets regulatory requirements, and it is safe for people and the environment.

Physical characteristics of water look at the temperature, color, taste, and odor of the water sample. Chemical properties of water involve parameters such as pH and dissolved oxygen. Monitoring these characteristics helps to determine if the water meets government regulations and is safe for human consumption and the environment.

Physical characteristics of water quality

It is essential to monitor the physical aspects of water quality to determine if the water is polluted or not. Physical characteristics can be determined by:

  • Color – pure water is colorless; colored water can indicate pollution. Colour can also show organic substances. The maximum acceptable level for the color of drinking water is 15 TCU (True color unit).
  • Turbidity – pure water is clear and does not absorb light. If turbidity appears in the water, it indicates water pollution.
  • Taste and odor – pure water is always tasteless and odorless. If any type of taste and smell is present, it indicates water pollution.
  • Temperature – the temperature is not directly used to evaluate whether water is drinkable or not. However, in natural water systems like lakes and rivers, the temperature is a significant physical factor that determines water quality.
  • Solids – If water is filtered to remove suspended solids, the remaining solid in the water indicates the total dissolved solids. If the dissolved solids in the water exceed 300 mg/ltr, it adversely affects living organisms as well as industrial products.

Chemical properties of water

Chemical properties of water involve assessing parameters such as pH and dissolved oxygen:

  • pH – pH of water is measured between 0 and 14 to determine how acidic or alkaline it is. Measurement is conducted using a logarithmic scale. 
  • Dissolved oxygen – is the level of free, non-compound oxygen present in water or other liquids. It is an essential parameter in assessing water quality because of its influence on the organisms living within a body of water.

Expert water testing and analysis services

Element’s engaged experts can assess both the physical and chemical properties of water quality to determine if the water is safe and fit-for-purpose. 

In a sea of regulations, Element’s experts are on hand to help you navigate the path to compliance, and discuss and develop tailored monitoring and water analysis programs that meet your precise needs. We actively assist with data collection and analysis, take samples, and provide environmental reporting.

Our scientists are experienced across a range of analytical laboratory services. They are adept at applying advanced technology to deliver accurate, reliable results that help you meet all relevant regulations for your industry. 

To learn more about our water analysis services, or to speak to one of our experts, contact us today.


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