Healthy and clean drinking water should be available to all. Testing water is not difficult and once the testing is done, it gives knowledge and peace of mind. Here are some basic reasons why water should be regularly tested, along with answers as to how often to test, what to test for, and how to do it.
Of course, you know how important water is. Even people who don’t choose plain water to drink understand that it is essential for health. Water, whether from your own personal well, or water from the municipal treatment plant, must be healthy and clean. If there is doubt, or if there has been a recent change, test the water.
Why should I test my water?
If you have well water, there are a number of things that may be contaminating that water, and it is a good idea to do an initial test to get a baseline understanding of what is in the water, and what should be in the water. Even if you do not have your own personal water supply and instead use municipality water and are not concerned about it, the knowledge is good to have. When you know what is in the water, you can easily recognize changes.
How often should the water be tested?
Test water if there is any reason to be unsure about it. Recent changes in the environment could lead to problems in the water supply. Test the water if there has been recent flooding affecting the amount of groundwater. A well may become contaminated with fertilizers, pesticides, oils, or animal waste. Test your water if it seems different. However, if there is not any reason to suspect a change, there is no reason to test outside of your regular scheduled maintenance; but it is a good idea to take notice of how the water is every six months and whether anything may be affecting it. If you have a basis understanding of what to expect, and there have not been changes in color, taste or smell, performing a water test once a year is enough.
What should I test for?
Municipal water already goes through rigorous tests and treatments before it comes to your tap. Contaminants are generally kept out of the water supply, but occasionally they can get in in the wrong quantities or into home wells. Some things that can get into the water include heavy metals such as arsenic or lead, bacteria like E Coli, or chemicals such as ammonia or chloride. When you order a water test, information will be provided to let you know what should be in the water and what should not be, and what are the concerns to watch for.
How do I do a water test?
Order a water test kit. The test is quite simple. It will come with a complete set of instructions and all the items that you will need to do the test properly, including bottles and labels. Follow the instructions and fill the bottles accordingly, and be sure to complete all the paperwork carefully. The amount of bottles to send, and the amount of time to receive the results will vary depending on the type of testing you require. When the test is completed and the results received, all the information you need will be available to you in a report. Click here for more information.