You have hired a company who has located the presence of fresh groundwater on your land, and you have employed the services of a water well driller. Clean, clear water now runs from your taps! But tests on water must be conducted before you can be sure your water is safe for you and your family.
What would the tests show? First of all, you would learn of the naturally-occurring chemicals that are present, which may not be harmful but may require you to add a water treatment system so the water is more suitable for use. These include minerals in which the water has had contact underground, such as calcium, magnesium and iron. As well, gasses and dust from the atmosphere may come in contact with your water supply too. As time goes on, if your water source is located near an industry such as an agricultural livestock operation or chemical plant, your water may become contaminated from the run-off so frequent re-testing is necessary.
The tests on water would indicate if metal from the pipes and fixtures that it runs through is being dissolved and getting into the water supply. Tests would show if the water has a low alkalinity which is more likely to corrode the pipes and allow lead, cadmium, zinc or copper into the water. Fortunately these minerals can be detected through laboratory testing at a reliable company such as AquaKnow. Once identified, the chemicals and minerals can be removed through water treatment, but the water still needs to be tested annually or more often if there are concerns.
With the ever-increasing numbers of consumer products being manufactured in plants and factories all over the world, it’s always important to conduct tests on water on an annual basis. Various countries are recognizing the harmful effects of emissions on the environment and putting restrictions in place, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act which the United States passed in 1974. In Canada, a contaminated water source in the small community of Walkerton, Ontario caused several people to die and many to become sick, resulting in an inquiry that recommended stronger legislation to be enacted to ensure safe water protection throughout the country. Other countries have experienced similar tragedies and continue to have episodes of illness, with up to 80 percent attributed to the ingesting contaminated water. In extreme cases, bottled water may have to be used for cooking, making baby formula and drinking.
Arsenic occurs naturally in the ground and cannot be detected by taste, smell or color. It is only discovered through tests on water. As high levels have been shown that may lead to an increased likelihood of cancer, diabetes and other medical conditions, it is imperative to test. Also radon is a radioactive gas that also occurs naturally and is recognized as a carcinogen.
At AquaKnow, we can run tests on water for individuals, municipalities, golf courses and recreation areas, as well as businesses who wish to ensure their operation is not contaminating the ground water source. Go online at www.aquaknow.com or call us at 877-734-7661 ext. 2 to find out more about our services. By getting one of our testing kits, you can check on the safety of your water and use it with confidence.
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