You could be living in water luxury, pulling crisp, clean water straight from your tap without a care in the world. Or you could be dealing with total water frustration, filling your glass with funny tasting, hard water that leaves you doubting the suitability of your drinking source.
No matter what situation you’re facing, if you don’t know what’s in your water, you could be drinking blind. Taking a water sample into a local specialist to be tested, or grabbing a free testing kit from your local home improvement store can arm you with the knowledge you need to ensure the water you’re drinking is the best tasting and safest it can be.
What Do Water Testing Kits Detect?
Well, it depends on the kit. But if yours is a comprehensive solution it will typically test for bacteria, such as coliform, e-Coli, fecal, salmonella, etc.; essential elements and heavy metals such as aluminum, arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, lithium, magnesium, mercury, nickel, sulfur, zinc, etc.; inorganic material such as chloride, nitrates and nitrites, sulfates, fluoride, etc.; and volatile organic compounds such as chloroform, acetone, vinyl chloride, nitrobenzene, styrene, trichloropropane, etc.
The Good And The Bad
Some water components are not necessarily harmful to you, but they can affect the taste and hardness of your water. For instance, calcium is good for your body, but too much calcium can harden your water, causing undue stress on all of your water consuming appliances. Fluoride is added to the water by many municipal water systems as a tooth enamel strengthener, but fluoride in too high of quantities can cause damage.
Lead is an absolute no-no for water. Some municipal water sources that are especially old can run the risk of letting lead seep into drinking water. Testing your water for lead and other dangerous toxins can give you the peace of mind you need when drinking your water.