Drinking water contamination is an increasingly serious problem. While natural sources of contamination will always be present, both the amount as well as the variety of toxic man-made or unnatural toxic wastes is proliferating rapidly. Unfortunately, human beings have been slow to awaken to the consequences of this behavior, so most of this waste has been irresponsibly released into our environment with little – if any – attention paid to the long term consequences.
At this point we have no choice but to live with the problems this behavior has created. To protect ourselves from contaminated water requires that we address the following questions:
- What form of contamination, if any, is present?
- What is the source of contamination?
- Does this contamination pose a health hazard or damage plumbing components?
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- How can the contaminant(s) be removed from the drinking water supply?
The Case For Water Testing
Because most drinking water contaminants are colorless, tasteless and odorless, they aren’t noticed. More problematic is the fact that many dangerous contaminants don’t provide immediate symptoms.
People who survive a Giardia or Cryptosporidium infection have no problem taking every step necessary to protect their drinking water supply from such biological parasites. However, by the time someone develops bone cancers from drinking fluoride, or liver cancer from drinking pesticides, it may be hard to determine what actually caused the disease.
Many people who live in rural or pristine mountain areas are completely unaware that their well water may contain dangerous levels of toxic contaminants. These can include naturally occurring but toxic levels of arsenic, fluoride, uranium and radium, or contaminants like ethylene dibromide from the U.S. Forest Service spraying for pine-beetle infestations, and a variety of solvents and other dangerous chemicals because of illegal dumping by people who want to avoid the hassles of disposing of toxic wastes.
Comments like “I’ve been drinking this water all my life and I’m not dead yet” or “I tested my water and its fine” when the test was only for bacteria and done 10 years ago reveal a dangerous form of ignorance that can result in serious health consequences for everyone who drinks that water.
Lack of obvious contamination leads people to believe they have safe drinking water. This IS NOT a safe assumption.
Analysis by a qualified laboratory is the only way to accurately determine the presence or absence contaminants.
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What Kind of Test Do I Need?
Here are some general guidelines about which tests you should consider. For further guidance please feel free to contact our LivingWaters™ engineering department by clicking here.
If you are a person whose water comes from a well or a small community water system, you should consider a WaterCheck Test upon move-in, upon engineering a system, and once every 5 years thereafter.
If your well is located near an industrial or agricultural area, you should add the Pesticides Option to the above test.
If your well water produces a reddish-brown to black or yellowish gelatinous slime in water tanks, faucets, toilet tanks and plumbing, you should add the Iron Bacteria Option to the above test.
If your well water has a faint yellow to brown color, you should add the Tannins option to the above test.
If you live in an area that is known to have radioactivity in the water, you should add the Uranium Option to the above test.
If you are a person whose water comes from a municipal water system, and your community has no proximity to heavy agricultural or industrial activity, you should consider a City-Check 1 & 2 Test.
If you are a person whose water comes from a municipal water system, and your community has no proximity to heavy agricultural or industrial activity, you should consider a City-Check Analysis.
If you are on a well that produces salty or brackish water, or you know has a very high TDS (over 1,000 ppm) you should consider a Complete RO Screen.
If you have installed a water system to remove chemicals and want to see if it is still working efficiently, you should consider a SenSafe Free & Total Chlorine Test.
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