Earlier this morning we heard from 'Ammani' who wrote, "Hello.  We live near a landfill used quite a long time ago by companies that now most have settled cases out of court for illegal dumping of chemicals and waste that supposedly contained metals.  Your heavy metals check reads total metals, correct?  But it does not identify the metals it detects or give individual quantities, correct?  Do you offer a way to identify metals and their respective amounts?"

Thank you, Ammani, for the inquiry.  and you hit the nail on the head with your assessment of the SenSafe Heavy Metals Check product:  It gives a total heavy metal reading comprised of all the heavy metal concentrations contained in a water sample.  This means that if a water sample contains 15 ppb iron, 15 ppb copper and 20 ppb nickel... the SenSafe Heavy Metals Check product will yield a reading of 50 ppb heavy metals in the water sample.

If you wish to determine which metals a water sample contains and in what concentrations, you will need to either employ the services of a qualified water testing laboratory such as National Testing Laboratories or perform individual water tests for specific metals on your own.  Should you choose to perform the testing yourself, we suggest considering the Water Metals Testing Bundle since it includes the following tests:

If purchased separately all the tests above would cost more than $150 but when bundled together you save about $20 and have a decent arsenal of water metals testing products at your fingertips.

Free Shipping! The Water Metals Testing Bundle ships free in the Continental United States by USPS Priority Mail so your testing materials will arrive at your door quickly.

What is Heavy Metals Poisoning?

Heavy metals poisoning occurs when toxic levels of metals accumulate in the body's soft tissue. A number of heavy metals such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese play critical roles in keeping the body functioning properly BUT if ingested in high enough quantities those previously beneficial metals become toxins in the body and may cause serious, sometimes irreversible damage... which may culminate in serious illness or death.

Most often incidents of heavy metal poisoning in humans result from overexposure to metals like lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Exposure may have happened as a result of on-the-job exposure, accidental ingesting of contaminated water and/or air, tainted foods, improperly prepared medicines, food and beverage container liners, and the ever popular hobby of eating lead paint chips.

How much metal is TOO much metal in my drinking water?

It varies by contaminant and for more specific information on this topic we suggest checking out the EPA's Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards. Those lists break down contaminants into two categories: 1) Potentially damaging to health; 2) Potentially damaging for aesthetic (taste, odor, discoloration, etc.) reasons.

Lead in Water Test
Lead in Water Test
Water Metals Test Strips
Water Metals Test Strips
Total Iron Visual Test Kit
Total Iron Visual Test Kit

John's Total Copper in Water Test
Total Copper in Water Test
Chromium in Water Test
Chromium in Water Test
Boris' Mercury in Water Test
Mercury in Water Test

Manganese in Water Test
Manganese in Water Test
Arsenic in Water Test Kit
Arsenic in Water Test Kit
Cyanide in Water Test Kit
Cyanide in Water Test Kit

Removal of metals from drinking water

Before purchasing a water quality improvement system (AKA: a water filter) one should always have their water tested either using at-home water quality test kits or by a certified water testing laboratory. Companies such as National Testing Laboratories offer mail-in water testing packages and typically provide results in 7 to 10 business days.

Then, once you have an accurate assessment of what metals or other unwanted contaminants your water contains, begin your search for the correct water treatment option for your unique water quality situation. We suggest looking at either the Propur or the Multipure lines of drinking water filters since both product lines offer excellent filtration in several different styles (i.e. counter top, under sink, bath/shower, etc.).

Propur PMC-3000 Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-3000
Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000 Undercounter Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000
Undercounter Water Filter
Propur ProMax PM-9000H Chrome Shower Filter w/ Massage Wand
Propur ProMax PM-9000H
Chrome Shower Filter
with Massage Wand