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Maintaining Water Quality in the Lab – Key Considerations

A gloved hand holds a conical flask containing water. A glass pipette containing water can be seen to the left. In the background there are many test tubes.
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The supply of high-quality water forms the cornerstone of any wet lab. Essential lab functions, such as cleaning labware and autoclaving, require water. Water is also one of the main components when preparing culture media, buffers and dilutions.

The experiments in the lab will dictate the quality of the water required, and the type of water that is used can have a significant impact on results.

Download this guide to explore:

  • Different water types and their uses
  • The implications of poor water quality
  • Prefiltration, storing water and routine maintenance