Over the weekend we got asked the following question about SenSafe John's Copper Test Strips (MPN 480042):

"Is there a color key to match to on the bottle?"

Yes, this product comes with a color chart on the outside of the bottle. To read SenSafe test strips (like this product) that have an aperture (hole) for a test area, bend the strip in half so the white part of the handle goes under the aperture (hole) and then compare the color of the area in the aperture to the color chart on the bottle.

Why aperture versus standard test pads?  Simple:  By allowing the sample to pass through the test region the test's ability to accurately detect copper increases dramatically over the performance of similar products that use a standard test pad.

What does the EPA say about copper in drinking water?  "If copper concentrations exceed an action level of 1.3 ppm in more than 10% of customer taps sampled, the system must undertake a number of additional actions to control corrosion."

Corrosion?  Why are they talking about corrosion?  Typically copper will get into drinking water as a result of it leaching from plumbing in the water system's infrastructure because of water having too low a pH.

How can we get copper out of our water if detected?  If testing reveals copper contamination in your water then two things may need to happen:  1)  You may need to install a water pH neutralizer to stop further corrosion of your home's plumbing.  2)  Install a water filter designed to remove copper.  For either situation we suggest checking out the many water filtration options on FilterWater.Com.

SenSafe John's Copper Test Strips