When it comes to drinking water your main concern should be to provide you and your family with a clean safe source of water. What this means is you need to know how to test water quality.
Testing your water for dangerous contaminants will be your number one priority. Each and every person should know how to test water quality for the sake of their own health.
There are many contaminants that can infect your water but the general safety of your water supply will be indicated by the presence or absence of nitrate or bacteria. These particular pollutants can only be detected through testing reason being they are usually odorless, tasteless and invisible to the necked eye.
Drinking water standards have been established by the Environmental Protection Agency for primary and secondary contaminants. Primary contaminants have potential health risks to humans, while secondary contaminants can cause bad taste and odor or color but have no known health risks.
How to test water quality for your safety
You should make it a habit to test your water on a regular basis. However different areas and the level of contaminants found, as well as different family behaviors will cause testing schedules to differ from house to house. Those who own very old wells should test their water regularly. You should also test your water if your neighbors have discovered contamination in their drinking water.
There is generally two ways to test water:
1 – Contact certified water testing laboratories
2 – Using Home water testing kits
Water testing laboratories that test water samples for contamination are certified under the Safe Drinking Water Act, by The Indiana Department of Health. There are two categories of testing which are laboratories that test for microbials, and laboratories that test for chemicals. You can acquire an up to date list of certified labs from the Indiana State Department of Health by calling (317-233-8074).
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Water testing kits
Home water testing kits are a very convenient way to test your drinking water. These kits are (do it yourself) tests, and are good for detecting lead, nitrates, and hardness in water. When you use these kits it’s very important that you follow the instructions to a tee. This will make sure the testing results are as accurate and reliable as possible. If your testing results are positive make sure to follow up with a test from a certified water testing lab.
Testing your water is very important to you and your families safety and you should be very diligent in making sure your water is clean and safe to drink.
Note: The EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline answers questions related to water testing, health concerns, treatment, and other topics related to drinking tap and bottled water.
EPA contact number: 800-426-4791