Drinksafe – Frequently Asked Questions

How do you currently test your water supply for Legionella? Or Echerichia Coli? Do your procedures comply with MLC 2006? Do they meet Flag state requirements and WHO guidelines for operational and source water testing?

We used feedback from 8,000 marine decision makers to make sure that Drinksafe is designed to meet the needs of the industry.

What are the legal requirements for water testing?

MLC 2006 requires you to perform ‘frequent documented inspections’ and the WHO Guide to Ship Sanitation states that: ‘A ship operator’s role is to provide safe water to passengers and crew, fit for all intended purposes. Water on board should be kept clean and free from pathogenic organisms and harmful chemicals. Responsibilities are to monitor the water system, particularly for microbial and chemical indicators, to report adverse results under the IHR 2005, where required, and to take corrective action.’ There’s also ILO Convention 78:Physically check the quality of water at random using various different outlets.’

What if I don’t comply with these requirements?

Aside from putting the safety of your crew at risk from countless diseases, if you fail an inspection your ship is also likely to be detained.

What requirements does Drinksafe meet?

All of them. It’s designed around the MLC 2006 and WHO guidelines. All the required tests are included in the kit and there’s an official logbook for the results so you have everything you need to perform regular, comprehensive testing of your vessel’s water supplies.

Will I still need to lab test?

No, there are no specific regulations stating that lab tests are required. Drinksafe acts as a preliminary test to catch water problems before they become major issues.

What does Drinksafe measure?

Drinksafe measures pH, free and total chlorine, total coliforms, E. coli bacteria and Pseudomonas. You’ll also get a log book to easily record the results for your record and for inspection by the relevant authority.

How often should I test?

We recommend that you test potable water on board with Drinksafe on a weekly basis (or as frequently as required by the Flag Administration) as well as carrying out tests whenever potable water is taken on board.

How do the tests work?

For chlorine, pH, copper and iron, dissolve the test tablet in an ampoule of water, put in comparator, then read level from the colour disc. Testing for E-coli, Enterococci – dissolve test material in water, incubate, beaker, then test for fluorescence with UV lamp. For total bacterial count, syringe the sample onto petri dish, incubate, then count colonies.

Do crew need training to do the tests?

Drinksafe is the easiest water testing kit on the market. We provide a training manual and DVD to make sure your crew know exactly how to complete each test.

How long do tests take?

Once the crew are familiar with the procedure, it takes less than an hour to complete all tests.

How long will the kit last?

The consumables have a shelf-life of 18 months – much longer than most other units.

How do I get replenishments – do I have to buy a new kit when I’ve used up one of the components?

No, you can buy each of the different elements individually when you need to, it’s much more economical. We’ll notify you when replenishments are due and there’s also an order form in the back of the log book.

How is Drinksafe different from other water testing kits on the market?

Drinksafe comes with more tests per kit which means that you get a lot more for your money. The kits are incredibly simple to use, there are no glass ampoules (which means no breakages), no instruments for calibration, no messy Thio-Bags, and no need for sample dilution pots.

Who else is using it?

The biggest shipping companies in the world use Drinksafe to look after the safety of their passengers and crews.

If you have any more questions about Drinksafe or water testing regulations, please get in touch.