Summary:  Is it time for a water test? Here’s a step-by-step guide to ordering, using, and submitting your AquaKnow test kit.

Are you worried about the quality of your water? When was the last time you had it tested? Regardless of where your water comes from, you should be familiar with the water testing process so you can always feel confident that your water is safe for you and your family.

Where does your water come from?

Before you figure out which tests you will need for your water, you should understand where your water comes from. It will help you to determine which tests you might need, and which might be redundant. Your water either comes from surface water (water that collects in rivers, streams, reservoirs, and lakes) or ground water (water that collects in pores and spaces within the rocks in underground aquifers).

If your water is supplied by the Town or City, your public water system may source water from a combination of surface and groundwater sources. Surface water systems treat the water in a privately-held or government facility before it is delivered, but groundwater may not be treated before it is delivered. The City/Town is responsible for ensuring the safety of the water that is delivered to you, but the rate of testing can vary on a number of factors, including how many people the water supply serves and the types of contaminants they are watching for; therefore, it’s important for you to engage in regular testing so you can be certain that you aren’t drinking any hazardous contaminants. You can learn about the types of contaminants your water treatment center tests for by reviewing your annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).

Alternatively, if you are one of more than 15-million Americans who rely on private wells for your water, then your water is solely sourced by ground water. Unlike public water, your water is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Although it may fall under State rules; you are responsible for ensuring that the water in your well is safe and free from contaminants.

No matter where your water comes from, it’s important that you test it regularly—but how often is that?

As a general rule of thumb, you should be testing your water every year to 18 months, especially if your water is sourced from a private well. This can vary a little based on the types of contaminants you need to watch for—some may require more test frequency than others. Further, you should always be mindful of conditions: did the taste or appearance of your water change all of a sudden? Did harsh weather systems cause flooding near your water source? Was there nearby chemical spraying? Did a new gas station get installed in your neighborhood?

How do you test your water?

Pick up a test kit from a reputable water testing company like AquaKnow. Since there are a number of different tests available, you don’t want to grab just any test kit, though. You should be aware of the things you should test for: if your water comes from a private well, your annual test should cover total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. You may also want to test for metals (especially arsenic and mercury) and inorganics (sulfates).

You can contact your local health department to see if there are any other contaminants you should watch for.

If your water is publicly sourced, use the Consumer Confidence Report to determine which contaminants you should be keeping an eye on. If you are still unsure, ask a customer care representative at AquaKnow for a recommendation based on your concerns.

Once you have the right test kit, just follow the instructions to fill all the bottles, then return them to the lab and wait for your results.

How do you know when your results indicate a problem?

Your AquaKnow results will be easy to interpret, but if you want to see if any contaminants are at risk level, you can view the EPA’s standards and regulations for maximum contaminant levels.

Ready to get started?

Visit AquaKnow to select your test kit today.