Description: Commercial water testing can reveal many issues with public and private water sources — including microbiological contamination, toxicity, containments, and more. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of commercial water testing.

Water is critical to sustaining life — it is a dependency which governs all life forms. Without water, our kidneys would no longer being able to adequately flush out waste from blood, but not before losing all function they would drain our body of energy and put extreme wear on our tissues. Our brain would swell, and eventually, all other organs in our body would stop functioning. Wherever water goes, it brings with it life and carries dissolved chemicals, minerals, and nutrients. But although it is such a critical and vital resource, not all water is safe to drink. It’s important to understand what is and isn’t in your water, which is why commercial water testing is so important.

Commercial water testing can reveal a plethora of problems like water quality issues, microbiological contamination, toxicity and more. It takes the guesswork out of the quality of drinking water in facilities, residential properties, and public facilities. It can also help researchers detect the spread of viruses and diseases. Testing can also be done to ensure compliance to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) across the United States. All commercial water testing should performed according to USEPA and Standard Methods.

Commercial water testing can detect 2,100 known drinking contaminants present in tap water, but the most common are:


A naturally-occurring metalloid element, arsenic is commonly found in groundwater. It enters the water supply through natural deposits in the earth or from industrial and agricultural pollution, and is tasteless and odorless. A public or private water source may contain any amount of arsenic, which is highly toxic in its organic form. Arsenic poses a great threat to the public health as long-term exposure causes cancer and skin lesions.


Lead is a metallic substance that is very poisonous — it can damage kidneys, reproductive systems, livers, lungs, spleens, bone marrow — with severe permanent effects. In severe cases lead can cause anemia, seizures, coma, and even death. Lead is a major concern if it makes its way into water supplies. Water may be free of lead and safe to drink when it leaves the plant, but it can encounter lead as it transported to our homes. Older homes and infrastructure with lead pipes can further contribute to a lead problem.

Cloudy Water

Have you ever poured yourself a glass of water that is cloudy or greyish in colour? This is usually caused by dissolved or suspended solids — often referred to as turbidity. Turbidity can occur naturally or from human and natural activity like construction, urban runoff, and storms. The degree of turbidity can vary but if you notice a significant change, or even the slightest murkiness, there could be high levels of dissolved solids.

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