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Since 1997, Premiere Sales has been solving water problems for families, businesses, and municipalities throughout America. It’s important to know what is in your water, otherwise you can’t intelligently purchase a filter unless you figure out what is wrong, if anything, with your water.
If you get your water from a community water system – a public water system that supplies water to the same population year-round – you can have your water tested by a certified laboratory, or contact your water provider for the latest water quality results. The EPA sets water-testing schedules, and most community water systems test annually. Keep in mind, that just because the water passes legal requirements, it does not mean it’s entirely safe and only reflects the quality at the time of the sample. Legal ≠ safe.
How do I get my water tested?
Click here to find a certified laboratory (with contact information) by state. Depending on the water test you need, you may opt for purchasing a water testing kit online or through a home improvement store – this is okay, just ensure the test is qualified and processed by a certified lab.
What does a water test show?
A water test is useful to help determine the health and safety of a water supply, and the performance of a water treatment system (if you have one). There are different types of water tests.
Basic water test
A basic water test typically measures hardness, pH, total dissolved solids (TDS), sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulphate, iron, and manganese.
Coliform bacteria test
A coliform bacteria test indicates the presence of microorganisms in the water that are potentially harmful to human health. If the total coliform count is high, then it is very possible that harmful germs like viruses, bacteria, and parasites might be in your water.
Total dissolved solids
Total dissolved solids – also known as “TDS” – are the concentration of combined minerals, salts, metals, and dissolved substances in water. There is “good” TDS such as minerals that improve the health and taste of water. There is “bad” TDS like lead, arsenic, pharmaceuticals, and more. A TDS meter alone does not tell you which total dissolved solids are in your water, and therefore does not indicate if it’s healthful TDS or harmful TDS. High total dissolved solids can reduce the palatability of water.
Testing for tannins
Tannins are created as water passes through rotting organic matter or peaty soil in the water table. There are at least 8,000 different types of tannins. Water with both iron AND tannins can be a tricky combination for most filtration systems, and will require separate, adequate pre-treatment filter system to remove the iron.
Testing for radon
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that’s colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It can be dissolved into your water supply and released while showering, washing dishes, and laundering. It’s most common in groundwater sources.
If a particular contaminant is suspected in the water, additional tests may be appropriate. For example, wells are sometimes tested for arsenic, nitrate, and uranium; surface and groundwater sources may be tested for pesticides.
How do I read my water test results?
Most water tests usually present the results as concentration in sample, measured either in parts per million (ppm) or milligram per liter (mg/l). One ppm is equal to 1 mg/l. A decent water test will note the concentration in sample alongside the EPA maximum level (the EPA sets guidelines for many common parameters, although keep in mind that legal ≠ safe). Look for any parameters in which the concentration is medium to high, or exceeds the EPA maximum levels. This will provide insight into selecting a water filter that will tackle this issue.
For parameters that indicate some concentration but there are no set guidelines, interpreting your results may not be as straightforward and will require some research as to what you consider safe.
Your best bet for reading your water test results: send them to us to evaluate! We offer a free analysis of your water test results to check it over and make equipment recommendations to take care of any water issues.