We have not done this in a while, so today we will provide a list of common water quality problems/situations along with possible causes… and water testing options designed to help homeowners properly assess their individual water quality situations.

Conditions or Nearby Activities Recommended Test
Recurrent gastrointestinal illness Coliform bacteria
Household plumbing contains lead pH, alkalinity, total hardness, lead, copper
Radon present in indoor air or region Radon
Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather Total hardness
Water softener to treat hardness Manganese, iron
Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry Iron, copper, manganese
Bad taste or smell Hydrogen sulfide, pH, alkalinity, total hardness, metals
Water is cloudy, frothy or colored Color, detergents
Corrosion of pipes, plumbing pH, alkalinity, total hardness
Rapid wear of water treatment equipment Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria
Nearby coal, other mining operation Metals, pH, cyanide
Gas drilling operation nearby Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium
Gasoline or fuel oil odor Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Dump, landfill, factory nearby VOCs, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals
Salty taste or heavily salted roadway nearby Chloride, TDS, sodium

Most information in the tables above and below extracted from: http://deq.state.wy.us/wqd/testingLabs.htm

The link above also featured a list of potential reason for one to test their water. See below, please, and keep in mind that neither the list above nor the list below serves as an all-inclusive list of reason to test one’s water supply. Many other hazardous water quality situations exist other than the ones in this article!

Suspected Contaminant When to Test
Arsenic Obtain baseline test results, follow up with (at least) annual testing, and test sfter installation of treatment system to ensure proper function
Bacteria At least annually, if a newborn or elderly person resides in the home, after installation/service of well equipment, and any time the well casing may have gotten compromised
Iron Water has a reddish hue or leaves reddish, rusty stains on fixtures
Nitrate Shouldget tested (at least) annually, in agricultural areaseas, and if pregnant women or very young children reside in the home
Uranium Shallow wells in areas known to contain bedrock with a lot of uranium
Radon Most areas require this testing before the sale of a home may get completed
Sulfur & Manganese Water has a bitter taste and/or rotten egg odor

Lead in Water Test
Lead in Water Test

Coliform Bacteria Test
Coliform Bacteria Test

Water Metals Test
Water Metals Test

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