Common Water Quality Tests

The most common tests requested for any given water sample:

Total Coliform and E. coli – $40
Nitrate – $30
Lead – $30
Copper and Lead – $40 (Savings)

Coliform: Coliform bacteria are organisms that are present in the environment and in the feces of all warm-blooded animals and humans. Coliform bacteria will not likely cause illness. However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. – Wikipedia

E. coli: Escherichia coli, is a type of bacteria that normally lives in your intestines. It’s also found in the gut of some animals. Most types of E. coli are harmless and even help keep your digestive tract healthy. But some strains can cause diarrhea if you eat contaminated food or drink fouled water. – Wikipedia

Nitrate: Nitrates are common components of fertilizers and explosives. Almost all nitrate are soluble in water. – Wikipedia

Lead: Drinking water delivered through lead pipes or pipes joined with lead solder may contain lead. … Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. – Wikipedia

Copper: Normally less than 10% of your daily copper intake is through water consumption. Consumption of high levels of copper can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, gastric (stomach) complaints and headaches. – Wikipedia

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