WearCheck incorporates water testing in its services

Condition monitoring specialist firm, WearCheck, has brought their sister company, Set Point Water Laboratories into the fold, including a new division to WearCheck’s scientific testing structure.
The water evaluation firm is now built-in fully into WearCheck, and forms yet another area of expertise along with WearCheck’s different providers, which include scientific used oil analysis, asset reliability care, transformer oil testing and lubricant-enabled reliability providers.
Set Point Water Laboratories is ISO 17025:2017-accredited, and exams water from any supply – starting from drinking water to manufacturing facility effluent, and every little thing in between – to find out the presence and levels of doubtless dangerous substances.
Set Point Water Laboratories was established in Johannesburg in 1998 as a minerals laboratory, then known as Set Point Laboratories. The firm launched water testing in 2013 and expanded with the launch of a Cape Town water laboratory in 2019, achieving accreditation of the Cape Town Laboratory in 2020, and thereafter focusing only on water evaluation.
Thelma Horsfield, basic supervisor of Set Point Water Labs, outlines their services, ‘Our laboratory technicians select the relevant tests for the water sample depending on the needs of the client. They identify what’s incorrect with the water and advise clients on potential penalties of using / discarding such water.
‘Water analysis is carried out utilizing numerous accredited strategies corresponding to; photometric, electrometric, colorimetric, gravimetric, ICP-OES, ICP MS and enzyme substrates. These techniques get hold of the very best ends in chemical and microbial analysis of effluent/wastewater, ingesting water, processed water, floor water and groundwater.
Industrial operations
‘In the case of commercial operations needing to dispose of wastewater into a river system, the sea or even merely down the drain, there are strict by-laws that should be adhered to, outlining the “acceptable” ranges of contaminants before disposal, to prevent attainable fines or even prosecution. Our water technicians determine the exact ranges of contaminants and advise on acceptable ranges for secure discarding.
‘Many of our mining clients function boreholes, using the water in the mining process. We often monitor the water high quality from the boreholes to check whether contaminants from the mining process have leached into the water provide.
‘As an instance – cyanide is commonly used in gold mining, the presence of this toxin must be continually monitored. Uranium is commonly found in the ore with gold, and as uranium is radioactive, you will want to monitor the degrees and check whether it has leached into the water provide. This is even a problem on disused mines and mine dumps – many of our customers dwelling close to these come to us to check the quality of their ingesting water. Chromium-6, a carcinogenic factor, is a by-product from chrome mines, so it is very important know if humans shall be ingesting water with excessive levels of this.
‘Health is a major reason for many of our prospects for consuming water security, each private and within the restaurant trade for making juices and coffees – they usually want to know the hardness of their municipal water because it impacts their coffee machines.
‘In addition to the above, scope water can be used for dialysis. It is important to notice the patients on dialysis have little to no kidney perform. Kidneys help compensate for the upper intake of substances obtained from meals and drinks that would otherwise construct up within the body. Dialyzing with pure water prevents the publicity of substances/toxins that can not be eradicated from the physique. We are at present performing some water quality checks for a renal unit to ensure suitability for dialysis
‘Irrigation water high quality is a important facet of greenhouse crop production. Water with excessive alkalinity can have an result on vitamins uptake by the crops and cause nutrient deficiency which compromises plant well being.
‘Borehole water testing is a well-liked merchandise with prospects who wish to know whether the water is protected to make use of on their backyard, to fill the pool, to drink and use within the family. In Cape Town, many boreholes have high salt content, and, after testing the water, some prospects have to dilute it with municipal water or put processes in place to remove many of the salts.
‘Through Results , our water facilities present analytical services through an intensive network of operations in South Africa and internationally
‘And’, adds Horsfield, ‘as a results of the global Covid pandemic, we added alcohol content material testing to our services as nicely as a newly introduced logistics resolution to enable easy motion of water and sanitizer samples.’
Previously, WearCheck was part of the larger Set Point group till the company was purchased by present homeowners Synerlytic in 2019, along with SetPoint Water Laboratories.
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