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Swimming Pool & Spa Dipslides (Box of 10)

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  • Swimming Pool & Spa Dipslides (Box of 10)
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Swimming Pool & Spa Dipslides (Box of 10)

Total heterotrophic count dipslides for testing chlorine treated waters.

Pack Size
10 dipslides

Made in the UK
Manufactured in ISO 9001 certified conditions.
Worldwide shipping available

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Volume Discounts
Order 51 or more Receive a 5.2% discount Up to £31.72
Order 101 or more Receive a 8.92% discount Up to £107.75
Order 251 or more Receive a 14.24% discount Up to £427.48
Order 501 or more Receive a 18.89% discount Up to £1,131.88
Order 1000 or more Receive a 33.65% discount Up to £4,024.54
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Product Information
Front Agar Type R2A
Front Agar Colour Straw
Front Agar Growth Heterotrophic Plate Count
Rear Agar Type R2A
Rear Agar Colour Straw
Rear Agar Growth Total Count (TTC / Red Spot)
Shelf Life 6 to 8 months
Certification ISO 9001
Important information 1 - 2 weeks dispatch time

About the swimming pool & spa dipslides (box of 10)

Swimming Pool & Spa Testing Dipslides

These displides are for testing chlorine treated waters. Our swimming pool / spa dipslides have been updated to ensure greater accuracy. If you would like to buy our old version (SPM), you can find these here: Pseudomonas & MacConkey3.

Alternatively, if you would like to test for a specific micro-organism, you can use the 'View by Microorganism' dropdown on our homepage.

Pools and hot tubs can be hotbeds for bacterial infection despite water treatment programs. Therefore, they need to be tested regularly especially if there are periods of increased use. Bacteria can originate from people, animals, equipment, pipes, filters or other contaminants that are in the environment.

Dipslides can be used to determine the bacteria levels within a sample as well as helping to evaluate the efficacy of treatment programs.

Chlorine can eliminate some micro-organisms quickly but others can take much longer to eradicate. Some micro-organisms may become damaged but still survive for a period of time. The levels of chlorine used and the pH levels of the water can affect the efficacy of the chlorination regime. Improper levels could contribute to a lack of pool hygiene. 

These dipslides are ideal for testing chlorine treated waters as they feature R2A Agar. R2A agar can be used to determine a total count reading. The reason why R2A dipslides are ideal for testing chlorine treated waters is that R2A agar improves the recovery rates of chlorine damaged / stressed micro-organisms. This means that the total count reading on this dipslide will offer a much more realistic / accurate overview of the number of any surviving micro-organisms in a sample. Using other total count agars that are generally nutritionally rich may result in false readings that overestimate the efficacy of the treatment program.

These dipslides take longer to incubate than other dipslides (5-7 days at 20°C or 28°C, or for 3 days at 35°C). The lower temperature for longer periods helps the recovery of the chlorine stressed / tolerant organisms.  Therefore if you require faster testing methods, this may not be appropriate for your application.

Flexible paddle

Flexible Paddle

Each dipslide features a virtually unbreakable and flexible paddle allowing for even, full surface testing.

Easy run off design

Easy Run Off Design

Due to the design of the dipslide, fluids will drain off quickly during testing.

Recessed Handle

Recessed Handle

Each slide has a handle built into the lid that is recessed to help keep your fingers dry during testing.

Side Indicator

Side Indicator

One side of the slide will have a circle indicator so you know which side was used for testing which type of contaminant.

Dual sided paddle

Dual Sided

Each dipslide is dual sided to allow multiple contamination testing with one test.

Thick reliable Agar

Thick Reliable Agar

Each agar is thick (approx 4mm) and raised above the dipslide to allow for easy surface testing.

Each box contains 10 dipslides. The price shown is for 1 box. 

How to use Swimming Pool & Spa dipslides

Testing water

  1. Dip the slide in the sample for approx 10 seconds
  2. Remove slide and allow to drain
  3. Replace the slide in its container and incubate for recommended time period
Remove Swimming Pool / Spa slide from tube

Step 1 : Remove slide

Carefully remove the sterile Swimming Pool / Spa dip slide from its tube ensuring that no contact is made with the agar (to avoid contamination).

Surface testing

Step 2 : If Surface Testing

For surface testing, press the Swimming Pool / Spa dipslide onto the surface. If needed, place a finger on the bottom of the slide (on the plastic, not the agar) to apply extra pressure.

Liquid Testing

Step 2 : If liquid testing

For liquid testing, immerse the Swimming Pool / Spa dipslide into the fluid for 10 seconds then remove and allow to drain for a few seconds.

Swab Testing

Step 2 : If swab testing

Apply a sample of the test substance to a sterile swab and gently apply to the agars.

Incubate the dipslide

Step 3 : Incubate Slide

Label the tube with the included stickers then place the slide into an incubator and allow to incubate.

compare dipslide results

Step 4 : Compare results

Count the amount of colonies that have grown on the slide and compare them to the comparison chart provided.

Additional Details

Product Reference : SPR2A

Internal catalogue reference : DS001-77

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