AquaVial FAQ 2018-11-09T17:23:40+00:00

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is AquaVial?

AquaVial is a do-it-yourself test that detects unsafe levels of bacteria present in water. According to the EPA, safe drinking water should have levels of bacteria not exceeding 500 CFU/ml.
AquaVial detects disease-causing bacteria such as E coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and other Pseudomonas and strains known to be responsible for biofilm formation in water system, as well as many other bacteria and fungi.

How does AquaVial work?

The liquid in the test vial, when used in combination with our proprietary T-Cup,will change color from pink to purple if bacteria count in the water sample slightly exceeds 500 CFU/ml.
The liquid will become clear if the bacteria count in the water sample greatly exceeds 500 CFU/ml.

Can AquaVial differentiate between different types of bacteria, such as E-Coli and Salmonella?

AquaVial is a positive/negative test that will tell you if the level of bacteria in water exceeds 500 CFU/ml. The test does not differentiate between E coli, Salmonella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and other type of pathogen.

Can AquaVial be used to test for lead?

No, AquaVial cannot detect the presence of lead in water.

How many tests can be performed with one kit?

Each AquaVial kit can be used to perform a single test.

Does AquaVial have an expiry date?

Yes. Check your AquaVial packaging for the expiry date for your particular kit.

Where is AquaVial made?

AquaVial is developed and manufactured by Genemis Laboratories in Canada.

How Does aquaVial compare with similar kits that use test strips?

AquaVial uses the proprietary T-Cup to concentrate the water sample up to ten times, thus making the test highly sensitive. As a result AquaVial is capable of detecting levels of bacteria that only slightly exceed 500 CFU/ml.

Typically, water tests based on test strips are less sensitive.

In addition, due to its testing methodology and components, AquaVial is guarantee to work and provide reliable results every time.

Is there a AquaVial How To Use video I can watch?

Yes, you can watch the video at the top of this page. You can also find the video on YouTube, by searching “AquaVial How To Use Video”.

There was almost no water left in the bottom when I screw in the plunger, is it OK or I messed it up?

This is perfectly normal. Only 2 ml of water is needed to perform the water test. The T-Cup is designed to collect 20 ml, eliminating the excess water through the sides of the plunger, and concentrating the bacteria in water into the 2 ml left at the bottom.

Most of the water is coming out from side and no or very little in the upper chamber?

This is normal, as the The T-Cup is designed to collect 20 ml, eliminating the excess water through the sides of the plunger, and concentrating the bacteria in water into the 2 ml left at the bottom.

Why do I need to add distilled water?

Chemicals that might be present in the water sample could potentially affect the test results. The distilled water washes away these chemicals, thus providing the most accurate results.

Is there any water left in the plunger once I pour out excess water?

Yes, the T-Cup stores the amount of water needed to perform the test at the bottom of the unit, and eliminates the excess through the sides.

Some components listed in the printed instructions are missing from my kit. What should I do?Please contact us and we will ship the missing components free of charge.

The water sample is not as pink as in the instruction sheet. What should I do?

The color on the instructions sheet seems pinker because it is printed on a white background. You can better see the color if you place the vial in front of a sheet of white paper

Will the water turn dark purple if it is slightly contaminated?

The solution in the vial will get light purple (will start to loose color), and look more like dirty water. You can only see the purple color if you place the vial against a sheet of white paper.

It does change color but not very much, what is that mean?

A slight change in color means that there is bacteria present in water, but at relatively low concentration. To better notice the change in color, take a picture of the vial when you start the test, another one after 30 min, and compare the results.

According to your kit my water is good as it does not change color but same water sample failed in lab test last week. Why is there a difference and what should I do next?

AquaVial is designed to detect bacteria levels that exceed 500 CFU/ml.

For well water, you normally have to perform 2 tests: the total bacteria test (similar to AquaVial) and an E coli test.

The E coli test done in a lab is able to detect as little as one bacteria per 100 ml. This is an important well water test to ensure that your well is not contaminated with sewage water or contaminated farm runoff water.

AquaVial is not a replacement for the E coli test required by EPA or other government agencies. It can be used as an early warning test for bacteria contamination.

What Should I Do In Case Turns Out Positive?

A positive test result (the liquid in the test vial turns clear) signals an unsafe bacteria count in your water. There are a few potential solutions based on each individual scenario:
• Water has to be treated or filtered to reduce the level of bacteria in water.
• Your current water treatment is not working as expected and has to be adjusted.
• Further, more precise lab testing is required.