Why Water Analysis?

Western Cape water analysis is important. Having a constant supply of safe, fresh drinking water is taken for granted by nearly all of us and we are fortunate to live in South Africa who can boast with one of the best water systems in the world. However water is something we all need regardless of where we live and what our lifestyles may be. Without good water supplies humans can succumb to a wide variety of illnesses, the majority of which can result in death. This is why water testing, especially of drinking water is so important. This is also applicable, if you have suspicions about your companies’ water systems. Water testing should be done by anyone concerned about the quality of the water sources in their immediate vacinity. Vinlab is here to help, we are a private independent analytical laboratory located in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.


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Effluent water

Wastewater generally has elevated level of solids, organic matter, salts, sodium and other chemicals. Prior to discharge or use, water quality should be evaluated to determine the necessary treatment needed to reach sustainable environmental standards.

Borehole water

Borehole water can be contaminated from the environment by french drains, leaking municipal sewage lines, agricultural waste run-off and surrounding geology. Borehole water must thus be tested to ensure it is safe for human consumption.

Irrigation water

Water with high chemical oxygen demand (COD), if used for irrigation, will utilise soil oxygen for metabolism of organic compounds, leaving soils depleted of oxygen with limited availability for plant uptake. Mineral and nutrient imbalances may negatively affect plant growth.

Drinking Water

Domestic water sources, where not from treated municipal water, may be from dams, rivers and streams, or from ground water via bore holes. Domestic water needs to adhere to a much stricter and more comprehensive list of quality criteria, to meet health, aesthetic and economic needs.

Drinking water SANS241

The limits and associated risks for domestic water as determined by the South African National Standard (SANS) 241.

The benefits

Water analysis benefits include the following, protects the health of people, livestock, fish and crops. Furthermore it identifies polluted or contaminated water supplies and also indicates the suitability of water for various uses in the home, industry and farming. Everyone below benefits from regular water analysis.

Who can get their water tested?

Our aim is provide quick, accurate and user-friendly results. Not only do we service existing clients, including large businesses and farmers, but also individuals who need their water tested.

Borehole Owners

Home Brewers





What is in your water?


Coliform is an indicator of septic system problems. This bacteria indicates disease-causing organisms in drinking water.


These are usually found in surface water supplies. Giardia cysts can cause giardiasis, a gastrointestinal disease.


Nitrates in drinking water supplies could cause a disease called “methemoglobinemia,” or “blue baby” syndrome.


Lead is known to leach from soldered joints in copper pipe networks. Lead poses greater risk to small children than to adults.


Testing for pesticides requires more specialised laboratory equipment and training; it is more complex than testing for minerals or bacteria.


If you reside in an industrial neighbourhood, your borehole water should be tested for toxic metals, such as mercury, arsenic, and nickel.

Vinlab is here to help

Vinlab is an accredited analytical laboratory specialising in the analysis of irrigation water, drinking water, bore hole water, well water and industrial effluent water. Water is becoming a rare commodity, and Vinlab is striving to make people aware of the quality of water used and the quality of waste water produced by industries. Want to get your water tested? Follow the simple steps below to get started today!

You can request a quotation by contacting info@vinlab.com.