PurTest Pool and Spa Bacteria Test Kit

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PurTest Pool And Spa Water Testing Kit
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  • Tests Pool Water and Spa Water for Bacteria - E. Coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Species of Shigella, Enterobacter and Many OTher Coliform and Non-Coliform Bacteria
  • Recreational Water Illnesses Include Skin, Ear, Respiratory, Eye, Wound Infections and More
  • Visible Results in 20 Minutes (EPA Testing Standard)
  • Includes a Detailed Instruction Manual and No Additional Instrumentation Required


Pool Test Kit

PurTest Pool and Spa Bacteria Test Kit includes:

  • 2 Test strips
  • Sample vial

A fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that every year, recreational water venues (swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes and oceans) receive more than 360 million visits from individuals around the United States. Over 6.6 million hot tubs are currently in operation in the country and over 8.8 million residential and public-use swimming pools are being enjoyed by adults and children alike. This makes swimming the third most popular recreational activity in the United States and the most popular recreational activity for kids. 

Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to keep you in top shape. People who actively seek a healthier lifestyle often include swimming as part of their body workout. However, it is important to be aware of ways to prevent water-related health hazards including drowning and acquiring recreational water illnesses. If you have a pool in your property or are operating a spa, making sure that your water is free from any bacteria is a responsible act of promoting good health. And the only way to do that is to perform a pool water test.

This PurTest Pool and Spa Bacteria Test is a quick and easy test to determine the presence of bacteria in your pool water or spa water. It is a do-it-yourself bacteria water testing kit designed for pools and spas, with results available in 20 minutes.

How to Use PurTest Pool and Spa Bacteria Test Kit

Testing pool water or spa water for bacteria is important to ensure that water is safe and clean for your guests to use. Bacteria like E. coli may be present in the water and can make people – especially children – sick. This pool and spa bacteria testing kit detects E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, species of shigella, Enterobacter and many other coliform and non-coliform bacteria. To perform the test, you’ll only need one dropper-full of pool water or spa water in the sample vial included in the kit. Gently swirl the vial and let it stand for seven minutes. Swirl vial again and set vial on a flat surface. Place strip into sample vial with arrows pointing down. Do not disturb strip or vial during this time.

How to Read the Result

Reading the results of this pool water test kit is plain and easy. Reddish lines will appear on the strips in a few minutes to reflect if your water contains bacteria levels that are dangerous to people’s health. Following the instructions accordingly impacts the accuracy of the results. Therefore, it’s important that you read the instructions thoroughly before opening the foil pouch and administering the test.


  • Why do I need to test my pool water or spa water?

Regular and exact testing of swimming pools and spa pools is essential to maintain a healthy, clean pool environment. Proper control of all the variables involved in pool chemistry is assured only by constantly monitoring the water, evaluating the findings, adding chemicals, and maintaining automatic chemical feeders as necessary to control proper water balance.

  • When should I perform spa or pool water testing?

Pool and spa bacteria test is ideal for the following instances: • After treatment for a fecal accident • Weekly during regular maintenance of your pool • When there’s prolonged rain or after flooding incident • Higher bather load.

  • How do I test my swimming pool for the presence of bacteria?

Pool water testing is now easier due to the development and presence of commercial water test kits in various online and offline stores. However, although there are several brands of pool and spa bacteria testing kits to choose from, the quality of the test kits varies considerably. The PurTest Pool and Spa Bacteria Test offered detects the presence of E. Coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, species of shigella, Enterobacterand many other coliformand non-coliformbacteria in your pool water or spa water in just a few minutes. Whilst, this pool and spa water bacteria test is not used to certify the safety and/or cleanliness of the water, it helps you to know whether your pool water or spa water is contaminated with bacteria and use the result as guide to get your water treated.

  • What do I need to know about the pool’s pH?

The pH of water is usually tested by matching reagent colors against a colormetric standard. The reagent generally used for swimming pool water is phenol red, which has a pH range of 6.8 to 8.4 and a corresponding color range of yellow to red. Other reagents that are occasionally used for water pH analysis include bromthymol blue, with a pH sensitivity range of 6.0 to 7.6 and a color range of yellow to blue; and cresol red, with a pH sensitivity range of 7.2 to 8.8 and a color range of yellow to red. Knowing the pH of pool water is essential for properly controlling all the water chemistry parameters. Test pH at least daily, or 3 times a day when the disinfectant residual is checked. Confirm that the pH is within the desired 7.2-7.6 range. Take water samples from the pool for testing the pH, not from a pipe tap or in the equipment room.

  • What are the illnesses do people get by swimming in a pool contaminated with bacteria?

There are quite a number of illnesses or diseases people can get from bacteria-contaminated pool water, such as diarrhea, gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections – among others.


Sample Collection:

  • Set the Bacteria Test vial upright on a flat surface.
  • Turn on the tap to a very slow, thin stream so it will not spill the test powder that’s inside the vial.
  • Fill vial straight from the tap up to the 5ml line only (This is about ½ inch from the top of the vial)
  • Seal the vial tightly and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
  • Set the capped vial upright in a warm area (70°F - 90°F) away from direct sunlight where it will not be disturbed for 48 hours. Notice the color of the liquid inside: purple.

    Reading the Results: After 48 hours, check for any color change inside the vial without opening it.

  • Purple (original color) = negative result (no bacteria detected)
  • Yellow color = positive result (your water is very likely to be contaminated with harmful bacteria)