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Friday, September 2, 2011
Do you know what is in your tap water? Honestly, do you really know what you and your family are drinking on a daily basis? For many consumers, the answer is no. They do not know the overall level of quality (or lack thereof) of the water that flows into the home or office.
One of the easiest ways to learn about your drinking water is to purchase a water testing kit. These kits are widely available and are, generally, very affordable. A lot of work and research has been completed on water testing kits over the years, making them very easy to use, with test results that are easy to understand.
Because there are so many different tests available, it is a good idea to start by listing the types of contaminants or materials you want to test for in your home or office. For example, you can purchase water testing kits that measure the levels of metals in your water. These would bring back results on such things as iron, manganese, copper, etc.
You may want to test for certain chemicals in your drinking water. In that case, you would want to buy a testing kit that can measure total chlorine, free chlorine, or any other chemicals you are concerned about having in your water.
Many test kits are available that measure the most common types of substances consumers want to know about. For instance, you can purchase very affordable kits that will test pH, nitrates, nitrites, hydrogen sulfide, total hardness, alkalinity, chlorine levels, iron, sulfate, and other tests.
Most water testing kits do not measure bacteria level. For these tests, you will need to order a kit that specifically says it tests for bacteria. In some case, most actually, you may have to send the sample to a lab for testing and the lab will return the results to you via mail.
Today, however, there are more testing kits available that check for bacteria without having to send the sample off to the lab. Just make sure that the water testing kit you purchase does this if this is an important issue.
In some locales, you may be able to get your water tested free by the water system that supplies you with your water. Give the water company a call and ask if they do residential testing. In many instances, you will find that they do. If not, consider buying a water testing kit to ensure that you know what you and your family are drinking. A testing kit is also a good investment if you plan to install a water filter system in the house. The kit will tell you which contaminants you need to filter out.
by: Chris Tracey