Analysis of Microbiological Methods Applicable to Water Testing in Our Country
It is essential for our daily life to produce drinking water of the right quality and quantity. Water supply also includes the regular testing of drinking water to deliver impeccable water quality to consumers. 201/2001 (X. 25.) Government Decree on Quality Requirements for Drinking Water and Procedures for Monitoring contains the frequency of sampling and the designation of microorganisms to be detected in each test and the different standards on the basis of which the tests should be carried out. However, these methods are often time-consuming, it takes several days for the samples to produce results. However, there is a newer and more modern method to shorten the time.
This is particularly important in case of unexpected disasters, water pollution when it is extremely important to react quickly.
The aim of this article is to introduce (overview) the microbiological methods used for water testing in Hungary, describing the advantages and disadvantages of their application based on the author’s own laboratory experience.