WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – What exactly was required to test the water to ensure it was safe for all Wichita Water customers?
The lab manager at the Wichita water treatment plant said it was a 24/7 job to get all 180 samples tested and it all started with these sites. blue water sampling that are found across the city.
The blue poles you might see around Wichita are used to test water quality on a monthly basis.
“We have the distribution pipes under the sampling station and they are under some pressure, so once we open the valve behind me, the high pressure will splash up the tap,” said Dr. Liang Kong, lab manager. from Wichita Water. Medicinal plant.
Once the faucet is turned on, the analyst waits for the water to drain, then testing begins.
“Insert into the slot – and press read and it will give me the baseline,” Dr. Kong said, walking through the process, “After inserting the chlorine test packet, shake it, then wait 3 minutes , then press play.”
This tracks the chlorine concentration. Then, in a separate bottle, another water sample.
“It will come back to the lab,” Dr. Kong explained.
At the lab inside the water treatment facility, an analyst will then add a bundle of bacteria like you see here and place it in the incubator.
“Keeping it at 95 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours, we’ll take it out and identify it to make sure there are no bacteria in the sampling station,” Dr. Kong said.
If after 24 hours it changes color, there are bacteria in the water. This week, all samples came back clear.
“To ensure that every Wichita resident can get good quality water,” Dr. Kong said.
Several other tests are also performed at the water treatment laboratory, including testing for trace metals and other minerals in the water to ensure they are at an acceptable level.