Significance and Use
5.1 This plate format is useful for the routine monitoring of culturable, waterborne bacteria in potable and non-potable waters. The significance of finding these bacteria can help with identifying water quality or water system problems or evaluate compliance with maintenance protocols. This test method uses small volumes of water, or dilutions thereof, and provides an easy and reliable method that eliminates media preparation and reduces laboratory waste.
1.1 This test method describes a simple procedure for the quantification of culturable, waterborne bacteria in potable water (drinking water, bottled water, and dental water, for example) and non-potable waters (cooling towers, for example).
1.1.1 The EasyDisc plate format is designed to test 1 mL of a water sample on a 47 mm gridded plate containing a growth reagent embedded to the plate’s inner surface.
1.1.2 Detection is based on colorimetric technology in which viable, aerobic, heterotrophic, waterborne bacteria grow when present in the water sample, displaying a color reaction which allows for a simplified visualization of colony growth.
1.2 Each plate can accurately detect up to 300 colony forming units per 1 mL (CFU/1 mL) of sample. To increase the quantification range, a sample dilution can be used. Adjust the CFU/mL result to reflect dilutions.
1.3 This test method can be used for potable (for example, drinking, bottled, and dental) waters and non-potable waters such as cooling tower waters. It is the user’s responsibility to adhere to all requirements by local regulations and ensure the validity of this test method for waters other than those tested as part of the Interlaboratory Study (ILS).
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.