This is the one drinking water quality test kit you need to test the well water in your house. It analyses 8 of the most common and potentially hazardous contaminants found in drinking water (Bacteria, Lead, Pesticides, Nitrates, Nitrites, Chlorine, pH and Hardness). It is easy to use, trustworthy and provides accurate instant results.
According to the Water Quality and Health Council, toxins in our drinking water are the number one health threat and can cause cancer, heart disease and lead poisoning. Such chronic illnesses are brought on by the body's absorption. Water contaminants not only affect our health, but they can also corrode fixtures, stain and deteriorate clothing and household surfaces and alter the taste of food and drinking water.
Here are the facts -
"41% of U.S. wells may be contaminated with coliform bacteria." --- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"40% of municipal water suppliers have violated federal standards and nearly 50 million Americans are using improperly treated or contaminated water." --- Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
"People of weaker immune systems (HIV or undergoing cancer therapy) need to be aware of the dangers of tap water." --- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
What is "water quality"?
Water quality can be thought of as a measure of the suitability of water for a particular use based on selected physical, chemical and biological characteristics. To determine water quality, scientists' first measure and analyze characteristics of the water such as temperature dissolved mineral content and number of bacteria. Selected characteristics are then compared to numeric standards and guidelines to decide if the water is suitable for a particular use.
Americans have grown to expect a safe drinking water supply, but achieving safety is not simple. The threats to our drinking water include aquatic pathogens, toxic chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides. As the list of chemical and biological risks expands, so do public concerns.
One of the most vexing issues in the effort to provide a safe water supply is that of risk tradeoffs. Efforts to reduce one risk in drinking water may introduce either--intentionally or unintentionally--a different risk to the population using the water supply. A primary example of this type of risk trade off involves the chlorination of drinking water. People have come to fear that chlorine in their drinking water may cause cancer. But chemical disinfectants like chlorine are used to combat serious waterborne microbial diseases
Why Water Testing?
The question of whether or not to have your drinking water tested is a serious one that concerns the health of you and your family. Your home water should be safe to drink and acceptable for all other household uses. In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are symptoms of water quality problems. Even water that appears problem-free may not necessarily be safe or acceptable.
Private water users should test at least yearly for bacteria and other chemicals that may be of interest. Even if your water is safe, yearly testing will enable you to have a record of your water's prior history, so that if a change occurs, you will know. In addition, should anyone damage your water supply, you will have proof of your water quality prior to the damage.
Before you begin...
- One Bacteria Test Vial
- One Lead/Pesticide Test Packet
- One Nitrate/Nitrite Test Packet
- One pH/Hardness/Chlorine Test Packet
Keep tests out of reach of children or pets. Do not ingest anything from this test kit. Do not drink water sample used for testing.
Store and use at room temperature (60-86F).
Do not use on hot water or water containing bleach detergents. Do not re-use any part of the test kit.
Do not open packets or vial until you are ready to perform the tests.
Read and follow all instructions carefully.
International buyers are responsible for shipping the specimens back to the lab in the United States. TestCountry is not responsible for failed tests due to delays and/or miscollection of specimens.