How can I test my local water?

How can I test my local water?

Often county health departments will help you test for bacteria or nitrates. If not, you can have your water tested by a state certified laboratory. You can find one in your area by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or visiting

Are water testing kits accurate?

Accuracy. A water quality test kit’s accuracy will vary by manufacturer, but most are calibrated to EPA testing standards to ensure they’re as accurate as possible. Some kits have even been verified for accuracy by EPA-certified laboratories.

What is OnSite water quality testing?

OnSite has over 30 years experience undertaking a wide variety of environmental monitoring, sampling and water quality measuring. Whether it is for discrete UPM-type surveys, or flow and load projects, OnSite runs a large fleet of automated water quality samplers (including intrinsically safe (ATEX) loggers).

How often should water quality be tested?

once a year
You should have your well tested once a year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well. However, spend time identifying potential problems first, as these tests can be expensive.

How do you test if water is contaminated?

Water that’s safe to drink should ideally be clear with no odor or funny taste. One way to tell if water is contaminated is to look for turbidity, or cloudiness. While cloudy water isn’t necessarily dangerous to your health, it could signal the presence of unsafe pathogens or chemicals.

How do you test for bacteria in water?

In general, a 100 mL water sample is forced or vacuumed through a small, round filter paper (the membrane) using a little hand pump. All the bacteria in the sample are caught on the filter as the water passes through. The filter is then incubated with some sort of culture media.

How do you conduct a water test?

Water quality test strips

  1. Fill a test container with a water sample, dip a test strip in, swirl the container, and wait a few minutes with the test strip resting in the water sample.
  2. Take the strip out of the water and compare the color changes on the test strip to a color chart included in the kit.

How do you collect water samples for bacteria testing?

Wear gloves and eye protection when collecting samples. Rinse the bottle and cap three times with sample water and fill the bottle to within one to two inches from the top. Place the sample into a cooler with ice for immediate delivery or shipment to the laboratory. Sterile 125 or 150 mL plastic bottles must be used.

How do you test water quality at home?

There are corrosion monitoring kits too that can test multiple elements like alkalinity, temperature, calcium hardness and many other dissolved solids in the water. There are even comparison test kits, pH meters and pocket TDS meters to check if the water meets acceptable standards and is safe for drinking.

What are the symptoms of contaminated well water?

Health Risks Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, nausea, headaches, fever, fatigue, and even death sometimes. Infants, children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick or die from disease-causing microorganisms in drinking water.