PurTest Instant Lead Water Testing Kit includes:
- 1 lead test strip
- 1 sample vial
- 1 dropper pipette and desiccant packet (to be discarded).
Lead is toxic metal found in plumbing materials and water service lines. Research shows that exposure to it even at low levels can cause a range of health hazards including delays in physical and mental development. Although lead is rarely found in source water, it can enter tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes or apartment buildings built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
Lead in drinking water is particularly dangerous to children 6 years old and below whose brain is still at the height of developing. Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level – 15 parts per billion (ppb) – could experience behavioral problems and learning disabilities; adults with years of exposure to lead-contaminated drinking water are likely to develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. For pregnant women, lead can cause a miscarriage.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly encourages people, especially home owners to learn more about their drinking water. It’s critical to check on your main faucet used for drinking or cooking water, which is usually the kitchen tap.
This PurTest Instant Lead Water Testing Kit is a rapid immunoassay test for lead in drinking water. The test can detect lead at very low levels, even below the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).
How to Use PurTest Instant Lead Water Testing
The test comes with easy-to-follow instructions to guide you through the process of testing your drinking water at home. Using the dropper pipette included in the kit, place water sample in the test vial. To pick up sample, tightly squeeze the bulb at the end of the pipette and place open end into water sample. Release the bulb to pick up sample, then squeeze again to expel sample into vial. Dispense six (6) drops of water into test vial. Swirl vial gently for several seconds. Place vial on a flat surface. Place test strip into test vial, with arrows pointing DOWN.
How to Read the Result
The result of this instant lead water analysis is readily available in 10 minutes. Blue lines will appear on strips to demonstrate a negative or a positive result. If no lines appear, or both lines are very light, the test did not run properly and the result is not valid. If a test strip shows a positive result, your water sample may contain lead at a toxic level.
Flushing your pipes before drinking the water from the tap is a good way to reduce lead in drinking water at home. Use only water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking and especially for making baby formula. Run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours. Aside from that, a more effective way to ensure that your family is drinking clean and safe water is to get your water system tested. Doing the water testing by yourself has been made easy these days with the help of water testing kits which are readily available online and in pharmacies.
You should be particularly suspicious if your home has lead pipes (lead is a dull gray metal that is soft enough to be easily scratched with a house key) or if you see signs of corrosion (frequent leaks, rust-colored water).
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