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Drinking Water quality testing
Clean water from the tap is a modern convenience that we all take for granted. It’s not until something goes wrong that we realize how much.
Due to the Flint, Michigan crisis there has been increased national interest in understanding the laws and procedures used by our state and local water authorities to make our water safe.
This increased exposure has led to an increase in drinking water quality testing as people want to be certain of their water quality.
Are you buying a home with a well?
If yes, then it is highly recommended that you have the water tested for contaminants and bacteria. Private well water has a higher potential for water contamination than public water. This is regardless of whether the home has a drilled well or a dug well. In fact FHA/VA mortgages may require water testing as part of the terms.
In addition after you move into a home with well water ongoing water testing is recommended to monitor the potability of your water.
Are you buying a home on a public water system?
If so then you may breathe a little easier. Most of the Chicago area is on public Lake Michigan water and public water authorities regularly test their water to make sure it is safe and consumable. Because this testing occurs at the treatment facility, not at the tap you drink from, you may still want to consider a basic, lab-certified test.
How does water become contaminated?
Lead pipes (according to the EPA 10-20% of lead exposure comes from drinking water), tree roots that compromise pipes, pesticides in private water and lack of oversight from water authorities.
What does a water test look for?
Drinking water analysis involves capturing water from your homes faucet or tap into a bottle that has been provided by a laboratory. The bottle includes chemicals that preserve the water’s properties until it can reach the laboratory and then be tested for contaminants and bacteria. Results of the basic analysis are usually available within 72 hours. More comprehensive scans will take longer.
Our water test includes analysis for the most common contaminants and bacteria including but not limited to:
· Total Coliform