Summary: Are you unsure of the quality of your water? Should you have less confidence in the ensured quality of your town water? A water testing kit can help you keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe. Here’s how they work and why you should use them.
Have you tested your tap water lately? Studies show that you probably should—especially if you are living in the US.
In 1974, when the Safe Drinking Water Act was enacted by Congress, the availability of clean water for US citizens shifted from being a luxury to being a right—and thus an expectation—one that has largely been taken for granted by those who expect that the same adherence to quality is being followed across the board. As a result, when most thought about the idea of contaminated water prior to the Flint, Michigan crisis, they would associate the idea with third-world countries and war-stricken areas overseas—someplace distant that could easily sit out-of-mind.
Flint, Michigan changed all of that. The idea that someplace within the US could have such a longstanding lack of access to clean water—and the fact that it took authorities so long to take notice—came as a shock to individuals who took for granted the fact that access to clean water was a distant concern.
Flint, Michigan’s crisis with contaminated water, however, isn’t an anomaly, but an indicator of a much larger problem: lapsing regulation of water quality standards and a crumbling water infrastructure. The biggest shock is that the problem isn’t limited to the area around Flint, but one that spans the entire country.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, millions of people across the US are drinking unsafe water, and Threats on Tap recently revealed that more than 12,000 health-based violations were detected in 5,000 water systems, affecting more than 27 million people in the US. The NRDC has similarly documented health-based SDWA violations in every state and some territories of the US, with the most health violations being found in Texas, Puerto Rico, Ohio, Maryland, and Kentucky. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also reported that, each year, more than 19 million Americans get sick from drinking contaminated water.
What does this mean for the millions of Americans who can no longer trust the quality of their tap water?
It means they need to start testing their water for contaminants—regularly. This doesn’t have to cost a fortune, though. Fortunately, there are water testing kits available.
Water testing kits offer a simple at-home solution for those who want to ensure the water they are drinking—and feeding to their family and pets—isn’t going to cause any adverse health effects.
The test kits can tell you, good or bad, what is in your water by testing for basic contaminants, like metals/minerals, inorganic compounds, chemicals, disinfectants, and disinfection by-products. Water testing kits also test for common contaminants, like radon, lead, bacterium (total coliform, E-Coli), TDS, pH, arsenic, foaming agents, mercury, methane and ethane, and nitrates.
If you are worried about what you are putting in your body when you drink the tap water that your government tells you is safe, then you should use water testing kits regularly to ensure for yourself the safety of your water. Contact us at AquaKnow to learn more about how the superior quality of our water testing kits can help keep you and your family safe and contaminate free.