Water used in agriculture can be obtained from streams, bores or dams. Its quality may vary and therefore affect its suitability for its intended use.
Water is used on rural properties for:
- Stock drinking water
- general use around the farm, garden and home
- as a carrier for agricultural chemicals and soluble fertilizers
- human consumption
The chemical, physical (turbidity and solid matter) and biological properties of the water may affect the health of the plants and animals which use the water and the physical structure and chemical fertility of the soil to which it is applied.
The Nutrient Advantage laboratory analyses water for its inorganic chemical properties.
The biological and the organic chemical properties eg. algae, faecal contamination, pesticides, are not analysed by the Incitec laboratories. If such properties need to be evaluated, e.g. if the water is to be used for human consumption, the sample should be sent to a government or other suitable laboratory which can provide such analyses or evaluations. Contamination is more likely to occur in surface waters than in those drawn from underground.
Note: Nutrient Advantage does not analyse and assess water to be used for human consumption.
Read the Sampling Instructions for taking water samples for inorganic chemical analysis by the Nutrient Advantage laboratory.
Handling and Transport
Care needs to be taken to ensure the sample reaches the laboratory in the same condition as when it was sampled. Send the sample bottle and Nutrient Advantage Water Form, as soon as possible by Express Courier to the laboratory. DO NOT send water samples through the normal postal service.
While plastic is preferred to glass, both glass and plastic containers have been cracked or broken by the rough handling of the normal postal services, causing damage to other items of mail. Send the sample with an express courier service which delivers direct to the laboratory at Werribee.
Attn: Sample Preparation
Nutrient Advantage Laboratory
8 South Road, Werribee