Top 5 Reasons To Test Your Water
While Public Water suppliers must regularly test for contaminants to ensure the water is safe to drink, samples are only taken from a handful of those supplied with the water. In this process, the results of these tests can be misleading. For example, houses built before 1991 often had lead components in the supply pipes. Water flowing through these pipes could be contaminated with lead, but if these houses are not part of the small sample group, it could be undetected. In other words, if supply lines on your property were soldered with lead and your water hasn’t been tested, you could be drinking potentially dangerous water. Though your pipes could be labeled as "lead free", they can still contain up to 8% lead.
Private Water Systems such as wells, springs or cisterns are not regulated. Because of this your home water system could have quality problems even if it looks, tastes, and smells fine. Common contaminants such as lead, total coliform bacteria, nitrates, e.coli, and sulfates, can occur in private water systems due to household chemical use, septic systems, agricultural pesticides and old plumbing. These contaminants can be undetectable without testing and studies have shown that approximately 50% of private systems fail at least one drinking water standard. Since the environment in which we live can change daily, annual testing is recommended for private systems.
Oil and Gas Well Drilling proximity can affect the quality of water from your home system. Before a gas well is drilled, a pre-drilling water quality test should be conducted. Pre-testing is done to protect yourself should the water supply be adversely impacted in the months following a drill. If a well is being drilled within 2,500 feet of your pre-existing water supply, and your water is adversely impacted in the year following, the oil or gas company would then be presumed responsible. However, if the homeowner did not have pre-sampling conducted by a state-accredited water testing lab, the presumed responsibility will not apply.
Water is a flowing, ever changing substance. Just because your water tastes great one minute, doesn’t ensure it will be the next time you have a drink. Old pipes, system failures, and changes in environmental practices can all lead to changes in your water supply. While this can be noticeable by color changes, particle flecks, smell, or taste- testing can determine the exact concentration of the pollutant so that you can find the best solution to the problem.
Aesthetic Issues that are ignored can become more costly than the testing. Pollutants in your water can lead to further issues that could be avoided with testing and treatment correction. Some of these issues include:
Pipe corrosion, can lead to lead or copper entering your water supply or other environmental elements leaching into your water through leaks in the plumbing.
Metals in your water can also cause discoloration, ruining clothes and water fixtures.
Scaling in your pipes reduces water flow and can ruin water heaters.
So, is your water safe? All of these reasons can be a bit shocking. Since water is something we use every day, and often take for granted, the thought of testing your water may have never even crossed your mind. Once you decide to have your water tested, how often does it need tested and what does it need tested for? While annual testing is recommended, depending on your home's geographic factors, other testing may be needed.
To better understand what is right for you, visit our page on when to have your water tested.
While we all hope that the water we are consuming is healthy, there are chances your water analysis could be positive for any of these pollutants. If your tests conclude positive results, there are steps you can take to correct the issue or further analytical tests you can schedule to ensure your safety.
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