Description: Have you received a water test and the terminology has you stumped? Find out more about what it all means.

Whether you have a private drinking water well or are worried about your municipal water from the tap, you may want to have your drinking water tested by a professional laboratory. Testing your water can give you the information you need to ensure that you and your family are safe.

The Importance of Water Testing

Water testing can tell you if your home’s tap water is safe to drink. It can also provide you with a detailed account of exactly what is in your drinking water. When you understand what is in your water, you can make better decisions about whether or not it is safe to ingest.

Pesticide use in the surrounding areas, your house plumbing, and chemical additives can all affect the quality of your drinking water. There have been cases where old pipes have caused heavy metals like lead to leach into the drinking water, causing dangerous health problems especially for children and pregnant women. Pesticides near farmland can leach into well water. Regularly testing your municipal water can tell you exactly what is in your water and if it is safe.

Glossary of Terms

Once you have your water tested, you will receive a detailed report that may include some terminology that you are not familiar with. Here are some of the most frequently misunderstood terms that you should know:

  • Artesian Water comes from a well that taps into a confined aquifer. Just like other wells, this water can be safe to drink, or it can be contaminated, depending on the well and the area in which it is located.
  • Bottled Water is simply drinking water that is sealed in a bottle.
  • A Curie is the measurement used for radioactivity.
  • Distilled Water is a type of purified water that has 99.9% of all impurities removed from it, including minerals, bacteria, and pesticides.
  • Fecal Coliform Bacteria is found in the intestinal tracts of animals and, when found in water, it is an indicator of possible pathogenetic contamination.
  • Heavy Metals like mercury, chromium, cadmium, arsenic, and lead can be very dangerous if ingested.
  • Maximum Contaminate Level Goal, also known as MCLG, is the highest level of contamination in drinking water where no health risk is expected.
  • Microbial Growth refers to the growth of microorganisms like bacteria, algae, plankton, and fungi.
  • Mineral Water is water that comes from springs that originate from geologically protected underground water sources.
  • Non-Potable Water is water that is not safe to drink.
  • pH refers to the acidity or causticity of a solution. Drinking water generally has a pH between 6.5 and 8.5.
  • Purified Water is bottled water that has been that is distilled, deionized, or purified by some other process.
  • Spring Water comes from groundwater.

Working with the Best

It is always best to work with a trusted and experienced water testing service like AquaKnow. We are dedicated to helping our customers understand exactly what is in their water. Not only do we offer a wide range of testing options, but our service representatives are able to help you to understand the results fully and completely.

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