Test for Chlorides
in Drinking Water

If you have clicked on this blog entry, then we would guess that you believe your drinking water has a funny taste to it — and you hoped that we had some revealing news about a potential reason for that funny taste.

Sorry to report, though, that unless you live in the Camden, Ohio area, this blog entry will not contain any information about your water supply.

It will, however, contain information about drinking water test kits and a certified drinking & well testing service that people can use to get a professional opinion regarding the quality and relative safety of their drinking water.

Remember… The first step towards making sure you have safe drinking water begins with water testing!

For right now, though, we will quote an article talking about the salty tasting drinking water in Camden, Ohio:

Many residents of Camden village in Ohio had been complaining about the taste of their drinking water, and for good reason, as testing revealed that one of the village’s three drinking water wells has high salt levels.

OEPA located several large piles of road salt believed to be the source of the village’s contaminated drinking water. The agency also believes that runoff from these piles poses a threat of contamination to surface waters in the area.( source )

Sounds pretty nasty, right? We cannot think of ANYone that would want salt water coming out of their faucet and while the salty taste in Camden’s water supply may have come from highway department salt piles, if you have a salty taste in YOUR water, where did IT come from?

Watercheck Test Kit
Watercheck Test Kit
National Testing Laboratories

Can the average person test for salt (chlorides) in their tap or well water? Yes. SenSafe manufactures a chloride test strip with a detection range of 0.05 to 80 ppm (mg/L) and a total test time under 1 minute.

Keep in mind, though, that laboratory testing of your drinking water by a certified water testing organization such as National Testing Laboratories will provide a more thorough cross-sectional view of contaminants in your water — including chlorides.

While the presence of chlorides in drinking water may not cause a terrible amount of harm in most instances, it may indicate presence of other, more harmful drinking water contaminants not easily detected by human senses — and for that reason we suggest seeking the assistance of a certified water testing lab if the taste of your drinking water ever becomes salty or otherwise begins to taste ‘funny’.