Published: 25/02/22 10:06 Categories: Microbiology

Water is an essential resource for life, it is a basic necessity and access to a safe source of fresh water should be guaranteed for everyone. However, due to different circumstances, it is estimated that more than 2.2 billion people live without access to it 


World Water Day 


World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 and its goal, among others, is precisely to raise awareness about the great importance of maintaining the quality of drinking water. Just as water is life, if it does not meet certain conditions, it can be the opposite 





Water consumption in Europe per household per day is estimated to be around 150L.  


In the industrial world, water must also meet certain requirements, especially when it is intended for human consumption. Annual industrial consumption amounts to some 965 cubic hectometers in Spain per year. This is equivalent to filling an Olympic-size swimming pool some... 386,000 times!  Speaking of swimming pools, recreational waters are also subject to rigorous quality controls, which you can learn more about in our article on the subject. 


Water quality controls 


In Europe, these controls are very diverse and their regulation is strict. To be considered safe to drink, it must meet certain chemical, physical, radiological and microbiological requirements. The latter are particularly important, as it is estimated that 1.7 billion people in the world suffer the consequences of drinking contaminated water every year, which can result in death in extreme cases. Among the best known and most common pathogens are E. coli and coliforms. Their strict control, especially in drinking water, is crucial and must be very strict. 





Condalab understands the importance of controlling these indicators, so we have added culture media to our catalogue to complete the solutions we offer for water analysis. 



The formulation complies with a British Environmental Agency (EA) standard for the detection of E. coli and coliforms, a common consequence of faecal contamination in water. This medium contains two chromogenic compounds to differentiate between coliforms (yellow colonies) and E. coli (green colonies). 



To isolate and enumerate thermotolerant E. coli by from a membrane filtration. This medium is recommended for simple isolation and rapid enumeration of this gram-negative microorganism 


Both mediums enable quick and efficient detections, without the need for further confirmations 


Thanks to these products we continue to increase our range of products for the water industry, making your analysis even more complete with the mediums in our catalogue 


If you would like to know what we can offer or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.