Updated on January 17, 2024


Created on October 3, 2019

Hach Drinking Water Test Kit

Hach Drinking Water Test Kit is a portable water testing kit that includes four water quality tests.

Developed By
  1. HACH
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Product Description

Hach Drinking Water Test Kit is a portable drinking water lab that measures water chemical quality parameters such as free and total chlorine, nitrate, pH, Total Suspended Solids TDS, and microbiological parameters; Total Coliforms and E. coli. This product is designed by Hach, an American company that manufactures and distributes analytical instruments and reagents used to test the quality of water and other liquid solutions.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Hach Company, which is headquartered in the US and has offices in a number of other countries.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is mass manufactured by Hach company, which has manufacturing facilities located over several places including; the US in Ames and Iowa, Cork (Ireland), Berlin (Germany), and Vaulx-en-Velin (France).

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

For purchase, users must contact the Hach company which is based in the US, Germany, France, and various sales and service departments around the world. See Hach contact information in research and standards.

Distributions to Date Status


Test types included

Chlorine, Nitrate, Total Coliforms, E. coli

Equipment included

Portable incubator, UV lamp, Pocket Pal pH and TDS testers, thermometer

Tests per kit


Detection range

Chlorine: 0-3.4 mg/L; Nitrate: 0-40 mg/L; Total Coliforms: CFU/mL; E. Coli: Presence-Absence Method

Processing time for one sample (hr)

Microbiological: 22-48 hours. Nitrate, pH, chlorine, TSD: 5-10 minutes

Additional materials required


Power required (yes/no)


Complete kit weight (kg)


Design Specifications

The Hach Drinking Water Test Kit includes all necessary apparatus and reagents for chemistry and microbiological testing. Chlorine and nitrate are determined using Hach’s color disc visual comparator methods, and total and fecal coliforms are directly detected in the field with the portable incubator. The kit includes the following: portable incubator and rack, UV lamp, Whirlpak bags w/thiosulfate, Pocket Pal pH and TDS testers, thermometer, permanent marker, test kit components and reagents (100 tests each) for Free and Total Chlorine and Nitrate, and pH buffers. For specifics on each test method see research and standards section. For instructions on Instrument use and procedures view the manual in research and standards section.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Users can contact the Hach company for technical support, service requests, sales, or for questions about this product.

Replacement Components

Spare parts and kit consumables are available to be purchased at Hach company.


Hach products purchased and used in the U.S. have a one-year warranty against any defects due to faulty workmanship unless otherwise noted in the product manual. This does not apply to consumable products or components such as chemical reagents, lamps, and tubing.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The Hach Drinking Water Test Kit was designed to measure free and total chlorine, nitrate, pH, Total Suspended Solids TDS, and Total Coliforms and E. coli in order to contribute to ensuring water quality for people around the world.

Vetted Performance Status



Users are asked to read the entire instruments and procedures manual before attempting to unpack, set up or operate this instrument. Users are also advised to pay close attention to all warnings, cautions and notes. Failure to do so may result in injury to the operator or damage to the equipment. Of Additional note, this product contains mercury, which should be disposed of according to local, state and federal regulations.

Complementary Technical Systems

Required accessories include germicidal cloths.

Academic Research and References

“Water Quality Testing and Analytical Instruments,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/

“MEL/P-A Safe Drinking Water Lab – 1 – 2569600,” Genlabdirect.com. Available: https://www.genlabdirect.com/mel-p-a-safe-drinking-water-lab-1-2569600 

“Hach MEL P/A Safe Drinking Water Lab,” Fondriest.com. Available: https://www.fondriest.com/hach-mel-p-a-safe-drinking-water-lab.htm 

“Contact Us,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/contact

Goal 6. (n.d.). Sdgs.un.org. Available: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6

“About Hach & the Mission of Water Quality Analysis,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/about-us 

“MEL/P-A safe drinking water lab,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/p-mel-p-a-safe-drinking-water-lab/2569600

“Hach Warranty,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/policies/hachwarranty 

H. S. Africa, “Drinking Water Test Kits,” Hach.com. Available: https://za.hach.com/kits/drinking-water-test-kits/family-downloads?productCategoryId=55241902597

“EPA Compliant Methods,” Hach.com. Available: https://www.hach.com/epa

Compliance with regulations

All the Hach product including the drinking Water Test Kit has been EPA approved.

Evaluation methods

The product is evaluated for the removal of bacteria, chlorine, nitrate, and pH using various evaluation methods.

Other Information

For instructions on Instrument use and procedures view the manual here.

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