What Do We Test 2018-11-13T12:18:02+00:00

What Do We Test?

Tests may vary depending on the city and its corresponding water report. The list below features our standard Test My Water programs.

Our Tests

Chlorine/Chloramine

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Water additive used to control microbes
  • The city adds chlorine and chlorine derivatives like chloramine to the water to sanitize the water of microbes and other organic material that can cause illness like typhoid or cholera
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Eye/nose irritation
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Anemia
Arsenic

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Erosion of natural deposits
  • Runoff from orchards
  • Runoff from glass and electronic production wastes
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Skin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
Copper

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Corrosion of household plumbing systems
  • Erosion of natural deposits
Potential Health Risk of Short-term Exposure:
  • Gastrointestinal distress
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Liver or kidney damage
  • People with Wilson’s disease should consult their personal doctor if the amount of copper in their water exceeds the action level
Cyanide

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Discharge from steel/metal factories
  • Discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Nerve damage or thyroid problems
Nitrate

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Runoff from fertilizer use
  • Leaching from septic tanks
  • Sewage
  • Erosion of natural deposits
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome
Phosphate

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Phosphorus is a common constituent of agricultural fertilizers, manure, and organic wastes in sewage and industrial effluent
  • Erosion of natural deposits
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Increased levels of algae in the drinking water which can cause all sorts of problems
  • Reduced levels of oxygen in the water
  • Must be disinfected out of the water
Bromine

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Byproduct of drinking water disinfection
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Increased risk of cancer
Chromium

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Discharge from steel and pulp mills
  • Erosion of natural deposits
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Allergic dermatitis
Flouride

Common Source of Contaminant:
  • Water additive which promotes strong teeth
  • Erosion of natural deposits
  • Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Potential Health Risk of Long-term Exposure:
  • Bone disease (pain and tenderness of the bones)
  • Children may get mottled teeth


Information regarding “Common Source of Contaminate” and “Potential Health Risks” come from the EPA’s National Primary Drinking Regulations table: EPA NPWDR Complete Guide

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