5 Things You Need to Know About Testing Water Purity

1. Toilet To Tap? Eek!

People are wary of tap water in homes and offices and with no wonder. In Los Angeles County, the water you use for cooking or washing comes from a toilet to tap water recycling system. Just the thought makes one shudder. But even though we trust our public water treatment facilities to clean things up for us, testing water purity at home or while traveling increases peace of mind and helps us determine if we need to clean water for future use.

2. Identify Toxins With Home Water Test Kits

There are many types of water purity test kits available for home use. They range from single use kits to detect bacteria, iron or lead in drinking water to complete kits that identify elements from sulfate, arsenic, chlorine and nitrates. The kits come with test strips, plastic sample tubes, instructions and water treatment tablets. If you have a water filter attached to your home water faucets, use a water purity testing kit to ensure an optimum cleaning level.

3. Call In the Professionals

If your home water purity tests show high levels of bacteria, lead, nitrates or other unhealthy and potentially dangerous elements, consult a water testing lab for further analysis before you contact community health authorities about your findings. Labs test for many elements home kits can’t identify, and will give you the exact levels of each item,as well as pH balance and alkaline content of the water. Many labs offer pick-up service for samples so you don’t need to drive out of your way to deliver test water.

4. Don’t Drink the Water Without Testing First

If you’re an avid camper or outdoorsman, and drink water from campsite location or wells, take water purification tablets and test strips with you before using water in unfamiliar locations. If the water purity tests indicate bacteria or other dangerous elements, drop in some water purification tablets and test the water again to be safe before drinking. When traveling in tropical or exotic foreign locales, it’s always a good idea to test water to avoid “Montezuma’s Revenge.”

5. Test Water Purity Before Building

Landowners who build homes or vacation hideaways in secluded or rural areas should test for water purity before installing plumbing in their new homes. You can test the water yourself depending on the size of the area of your water needs, but for larger building projects, call a professional water testing firm. For example, if you need to attach a water purifier to an outdoor well, a water project management firm can recommend (or build) a water purification unit to fit your exact needs.