In a recent posting on this site entitled NJ Finds Testing for Perchlorate in Water Too Expensive, we reported how it seemed as though legislators in New Jersey planned to exclude testing for perchlorate in drinking water because they viewed the testing as too expensive.
Well for once we have an update that contains some good news: Legislators in New Jersey have reconsidered their position and will now set enforceable limits perchlorate concentrations in drinking water.
Just weeks after refusing to sign a proposed rule to regulate perchlorate levels in drinking water, state environmental commissioner Bob Martin indicated Thursday that he will implement restrictions for the chemical, which is harmful to pregnant women and fetuses.
“The commissioner does plan to institute a perchlorate regulation as quickly as possible,” Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for Martin, said Thursday.
Perchlorate, a chemical ingredient of fertilizer and rocket fuel, has been found in some private and public drinking water wells in North Jersey. ( source )
As we mentioned in our earlier posting on the topic of perchlorate testing… We performed a quick search on Google to try and find out what perchlorate testing costs and had no luck. We then placed a quick call to a colleague at National Testing Labs and found out the following information:
- National Testing Labs performs perchlorate testing.
- The testing does not come as part of any ‘standard testing packeage’ for homeowners.
- Individuals can call 800-458-3330 and ask for information on submitting a sample of water for perchlorate testing.
- Cost for perchlorate testing — $125 per sample
- Turnaround time for perchlorate testing — 10 to 15 business days from receipt of sample(s)
Not interested in perchlorate testing, but want a thorough test of your water for many different potential contaminants? Take a look at the test kits below: