Importance of Safe On-board Drinking Water

While access to safe drinking water is important in the home and at work, it can be even more vital when it’s consumed on board ocean-going vessels and offshore installations. Problems that can occur on dry land can be multiplied many times over when they occur amid the cramped confines of a maritime environment.

The simple solution is to make regular use of a potable water testing kit, in order to ensure your drinking water is safe, healthy and hygienic at all times. If you fail to take this matter seriously, the end result could be serious illnesses and infections, an endangerment to health and, eventually, heavy fines and even jail sentences.

In August 2013, new international legislation came into force. It covers the need for “regular comprehensive documented testing”, and because of these new regulations it’s vitally important for owners of vessels and installations to remain compliant with the law. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to do so.

Immediate results lead to immediate action

With a potable water testing kit from MTS, you can gain accurate and immediate results. With this crucial information, you will be able to act swiftly to prevent any serious problems occurring. There is an extensive list of potential contaminants that can affect the quality of your drinking water, many of which can be particularly harmful.

They include E.Coli, a bacteria that can have fatal consequences, and chlorine, which can cause irritation to the eyes, lungs and skin. High levels of sulphate can affect the digestive system, while the presence of lead in the water can cause issues with the central nervous system. As well as danger to health, many water-borne elements can also damage pipework and machinery on vessels and installations.

If you incorporate the regular use of a potable water testing kit – and you really should – you can help to ensure your systems are safe at all times. The test strips used in kits from MTS give you an instant result, allowing you to make the necessary arrangements for safety without affecting the health of crew members, passengers, contractors and employees. It’s impossible to put a price on peace of mind for owners and operators, especially in the busy maritime industry of the 21st century.