Our PureWaterDoctor Laboratory Water Analysis Test Kit includes 107 contaminants being tested including:
- - Bacteria (presence/absence for Total Coliform and E.Coli)
- - 22 heavy metals and minerals
- - 7 other inorganic chemicals
- - 5 physical factors
- - 4 trihalomethanes
- - 47 volatile organic chemicals
- - 20 pesticides, herbicides and PCBs
YOUR TESTING FEE INCLUDES ALL SAMPLING BOTTLES, FULL ANALYSIS, WRITTEN REPORT, SHIPPING TO YOU AND BACK!
Offering affordable drinking water testing to homeowners for over 36 years. Whether your drinking water comes from a private well or public water supply (city water), we offer the most comprehensive, cost affordable, laboratory water testing package available. We answer your question "What's in my Water?", with certified laboratory accuracy, yet with the ease of a simple home test kit. A telephone or email consultation with one of our Authorized Water Quality Evaluators is included in your purchase price. Recommendations on actions you can take that may help improve your water quality if elevated levels of pollutants or contaminants are found is also included.
Well Water Testing for Homeowners
Private wells are primarily unregulated, so it is up to the homeowner to make sure their water coming from the well is safe for consumption. Most wells are tested at some point in time, but more than likely that testing was only for bacteria. While bacteria poses an immediate health risk, there are other contaminants that lurk in ground water that can cause illness when exposed to even small amounts over a long periods of time such as Arsenic and Lead.
City Water Testing for Homeowners
Public water supplies (city water) are only responsible for the water quality as it leaves the treatment facility. But this treated water runs through potentially miles and miles of pipes throughout the distribution system - some of which may contain lead and copper, Many systems are very old and thus starting to develop cracks which could potentially expose this water to other contamination.
Many contaminants are colorless, tasteless and odorless, which lead people to believe they have safe drinking water. This may not be a safe assumption. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) receives notification of more than 4,000 cases per year of illness that can be directly linked to drinking water. Contaminated water is real and the more you know about your water, the better you are at protecting your family.
Our Laboratory Credentials
Our laboratory is staffed by Professional Chemists and Microbiologists, and have decades of combined laboratory instrumentation, equipment, water supply and analysis experience. Our staff belongs to many professional organizations dealing with water related issues, such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Water Quality Association (WQA).
Because PureWaterDoctor laboratories perform testing using only approved US EPA methods on equipment designed to provide accurate results, you can be sure you are getting a real laboratory analysis by degreed professionals, and not testing by unqualified personnel using test strips or colorimetric kits.
Find out for sure what is in the water your family uses everyday. A comprehensive test performed by our laboratory will give you the comfort of knowing for sure the quality of your water supply.
Equipment Used in Water Testing
This is a partial list of equipment we use for testing
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer w/ Graphite Furnace for Trace Metals
Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer for Metals Analysis
ICP Spectrophotometer for Metals Analysis
UV/VIS Scanning Spectrophotometer for Inorganic Analysis
IR Scanning Spectrophotometer for Organic Compound Identification
Bench-Top Selective Ion Electrode, Conductivity and pH Meters
Miscellaneous Membrane Filtration and P/A Bacteriological Equipment
FAQs About Water Testing:
What are some common misconceptions about water testing?
There is no one "individual contaminant" test that can tell you everything about the safety of drinking water. Generally, homeowners have to pick and choose specific contaminants which they are concerned about due to cost, or the inability of many do it yourself kits and labs to provide comprehensive, cost affordable testing. Usually, the more information wanted, the more expensive and involved the testing becomes. Today, that all ends. Our PureWaterDoctor professionl full spectrum test provides both comprehensive testing at extremely cost affordable pricing.
How often should I have my water tested?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), in some publications, seems to indicate yearly for private well water, for public systems it will depend on your own preference. Perhaps the best answer is what you as a consumer feel comfortable with.
What should I test for?
This is the most frequently asked question. Basically, you should test for as many parameters that are of concern to you and may affect your health. There are many things that can be in water, that are health related and traditional testing for all of them can be very expensive. This is why we offer the PureWaterDoctor Water Test and feel that it is an excellent over all water quality screen, testing for parameters that are most often causes for concern.
I Have public water, why do I need to have my water tested?
Public water supplies are compelled by law to perform certain tests at specific intervals. The USEPA has set certain standards for all public water supplies to adhere to. However, it is possible that many customers of these supplies are not aware of potential problems that the supplier may have in meeting those standards. Additionally, water coming into a home from the distribution system can be different from the water that leaves the treatment plant. We have tested some public water supplies and occasionally find a variety of contaminants that did not meet state or federal standards.
I have public water and am thinking of buying a home with a well. I have been told not to because well water Is not as good. Is this true?
Many public water supplies and private well waters come from the same source, namely underground aquifers. The question then becomes, "Who does a more effective job of maintaining the quality of the water supply?" Obviously, public water is treated daily to maintain a certain level of water quality. Well owners can also treat their supply by installing equipment in their homes. Many people who prefer private wells may not want public water and often litigation occurs when municipalities build water systems within areas that contain residences utilizing private wells . The bottom line is that water sources need to be maintained by both public water suppliers and individual homeowners to assure quality water.
I drink bottled water. why should I care about my water supply?
There are many ways to answer this question. Perhaps the best way is to ask yourself this question, "Can I really believe everything a label says?"
Indeed bottled water has gotten better in their advertising claims and the way the more reputable ones pre-treat their supply. However, there are still reports of testing on some bottled waters which show that in some cases it can be less than desirable.
Our principal concern with bottled water is the expense and inconvenience of providing this source of drinking water. We feel that homeowners are fully capable of determining the safety of their current source of potable water by performing quality water testing and providing acceptable point of use treatment, if necessary, for a few cents per gallon and can be assured that they are providing drinking water of the highest quality for themselves and their families.
What is the procedure for getting my water tested?
We send you out a sampling system case with all the bottles you'll need to fill to perform the test. You simply fill the bottles according to the instructions (Very easy to follow sampling Instructions with step by step pictures). Make sure to completely fill out the paperwork with your mailing address if it is not already preprinted, your sample ID location (the location where you pulled your sample from like the kitchen faucet) and most importantly the date and time you collected your sample. Take your sample on a Monday -Thursday, preferably in the afternoon and return the filled bottles and filled out paperwork in the same box you received your kit originally. In order to process and properly perform the certified analysis, we have provided the expedited UPS shipping label to place on the box and the return shipment cost IS INCLUDED in your original purchase price of the testing service. If you are planning on taking your sample near a holiday, please contact us before you fill the bottles so we can confirm if our lab will be open to accept your sample. Under normal operation, our lab can only accept samples on Monday through Friday. Please contact us if in doubt before actually filling sample bottles.
I have been offered free water testing In conjunction with the purchase of filtration equipment. Why should I pay to have my water tested?
All we can say is beware of free water tests! Companies that offer free water analysis or include a test with the purchase of filtering equipment are providing the consumer with a test that could be as worthless as the price; that is, nothing. Real laboratory testing does not come free, because the cost of starting and operating a laboratory is high. You do not want a conflict of interest by having your water tester being the same person that is selling you the water treatment system. That is why the PureWaterDoctor testing service is performed by a certified third party valadated and unbiased laboratory.
PureWaterDoctor has spent a large amount of money and time to research where you should purchase your water testing services reviewing laboratory equipment and training of qualified staff to be able to confidently offer water testing in accordance with USEPA testing methodologies. There are many water testing offers on the internet that are being less than honest about the way they do it, or you rely on inaccurate "do it yourself kits". PureWaterDoctor stakes their 36 year reputation on the accuracy, validity and integrity of the preofessional PureWaterDoctor laboratory testing service using state of the art instrumentation, equipment and certified personnel.