Test for Water Quality to Reassure Safe Consumption
Water is our wellbeing. We use it for cooking, bathing, drinking, cleaning and many more of our daily activities. Without it, human beings wouldn’t be able to survive. Drinking contaminated water is like being without water, meaning it could have lethal effects, which is why a consistent test for water quality is important no matter where you live or where your water supply comes from.
A test for water quality is vital if you receive your water from an underground well. The EPA suggests testing your well water at least one times every year to keep you up-to-date on the quality of your family’s drinking water.
Groundwater is generally safe to consume and contamination of well water is usually the result of improper installation or cracks in the casing of the well, which can cause surface water to leak into your supply. National Groundwater Association recommends building a well on level ground, away from any source of possible pollution. They also encourage you to check the structure of your well regularly (pipes, pumps and casing) to ensure no structural defects.
Private well owners are not regulated by government water testing standards and are responsible for their own testing. In other words, it’s up to the individual owner to guarantee they have safe drinking water.
Though city water supplies are regulated through a Safe Drinking Water Act (water systems are held to specific testing standards and need to be approved by state and federal governments), you should still test for water quality to be absolutely sure it is safe for your family to consume. And because cities have various water distribution systems, it is not uncommon for naturally occurring contamination.
Contamination comes in many forms. Most are colorless, tasteless and odorless. This is dangerous because it has people believing what they are drinking is safe, which is not always the case. A test for water contamination includes total levels of Coliform, indicating the presence or absence of microorganisms in the water. If Coliform is found in the water, it’s usually contaminated, and further tests are done for Escherichia coli (E. Coli) and Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC).
The health risks of contaminated water vary. If you ever experience unexplained nausea, lung irritation, dizziness or a skin rash, your water may have microorganisms and should be tested immediately. If left untreated, long-term water contamination may lead to liver and kidney damage, cancer, immune deficiency and gastrointestinal illness for those who consume it.
Water is the basis for all life. A simple test for water contamination will continue to reassure safe consumption and well being for you and your family.
AquaKnow is associated with one of the most independent water testing laboratories in the United States. It provides a range of services for commercial and residential customers. Some of their products include water-testing kits for well water, municipal water, quick bacteria checks, and gas drilling kits, which can be ordered and sent to the customer with simple instructions on how to take a sample collection. The sample is then sent back to the lab for testing. AquaKnow values their customers and are willing to answer any questions you may have about the process.
To contact AquaKnow:
Phone: 877-734-7661 or 817-788-5716
March 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm