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Surface water testing helps ensure it is safe for drinking and leisure pursuits.

Surface water testing ensures drinking and bathing water quality as well as to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

Surface water refers to lakes, rivers, creeks, wetlands, and streams –  water bodies which are typically sensitive to the effects of contamination and often serve as a source of fresh water, for various purposes including the supply of drinking water.

Surface water regularly shows the presence of contaminants. For example, when surface water is treated with disinfection chemicals, such as chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone, or bromine, reaction with natural organic matter can also create toxic or carcinogenic by-products. Contamination can originate from agricultural chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, as well as industrial, commercial, shipping or landfill effluent.

SGS surface water testing

SGS offers an extensive range of analytical testing services for surface water, including but not exclusively:

  • Full range of organics analysis (hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), pesticides, volatiles, PCB etc.)
  • Full range of inorganics analysis including heavy metals
  • Quantification of ultra-trace metals
  • Metal speciation
  • Microbiological parameters
  • Major anion and cation identification
  • Nutrient identification

Why choose SGS?

Offering superior service and 24-hour support, we are experienced in identifying all forms of contaminants in surface water. Wherever you are in the world, we have the local expertise backed up by global capabilities, to help.

For more information on surface water testing, contain your local SGS office.