Drinking Water Quality Testing

Drinking Water Quality Test - BHI

Clean water from the tap is a modern convenience that we all take for granted. It’s not until something goes wrong that we realize how much.

Due to the Flint, Michigan crisis there has been increased national interest in understanding the laws and procedures used by our state and local water authorities to make our water safe.

This increased exposure has led to an increase in drinking water quality testing as people want to be certain of their water quality.

Are you buying a home with a well?

If so then yes; it is highly recommended that you have the water tested for contaminants and bacteria. Private well water has a higher potential for water contamination than public water. This is regardless of whether the home has a drilled well or a dug well. In fact FHA/VA mortgages require water testing as part of the terms.

In addition after you move into a home with well water ongoing water testing is recommended to monitor the potability of your water.

Are you buying a home on a public water system?

Approximately 90% of New Yorkers are on public water. The New York State Department of Health mandates that public water authorities regularly test their water to make sure it is safe and consumable. Because this testing occurs at the treatment facility, not at the tap you drink from there are still a few things to consider.

How does water become contaminated?

Lead pipes (according to the EPA 10-20% of lead exposure comes from drinking water), tree roots that compromise pipes, pesticides in private water and lack of oversight from water authorities.

To date there are no known instances of water contamination from the public water controlled by OCWA or the Syracuse Water Authority.

What does a water test look for?

Drinking water analysis involves capturing water from your homes faucet and testing for contaminants and bacteria. Results of the analysis are usually available within 72 hours.

Our water test includes analysis for the most common contaminants and bacteria including:

  • Total Coliform
  • coli
  • Lead
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Turbidity
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • pH

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