Drinking Water Quality Test

Drinking Water Quality Test - BHI

Clean water from the tap is a modern convenience that is easily taken for granted, but contaminated water in places like Flint, Michigan and eastern New York have recently brought increased attention to drinking water quality.

How to Know If You Should Get A Water Test

Are you buying a house on public water?

A water quality test may be a good idea depending when the house was built…

The NYS Department of Health mandates that water be regularly tested to make sure it is safe and consumable but this testing occurs at the water treatment facility. Water can still be of poor quality on an individual household level.

  • Lead Pipes – Authorities began to change the laws around the use of lead pipes in the 1920’s. Until this time it was common to use lead for service pipes (the underground pipe that carries water from the street to a building). Even if leads pipes are not present in a home, the underground service pipes may be lead.
  • Lead Solder – Solder is the ‘glue’ that connects two plumbing pipes. Lead solder was not outlawed until the Clean Water Act of 1986. It is possible for plumbing up until this time to have been soldered with a Tin/Lead mix.
  • Compromised Pipes – Tree roots can compromise underground supply pipes

Are you buying a house on well water?

Yes; it is highly recommended that you have the water tested.

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.

Many homeowners only test their drinking water for the presence coliform/E. coli, however there are other potential concerns to consider. It is highly recommended to have a more thorough water test performed during a real estate transaction.

If you buy or own a home with well water, annual water testing is recommended to monitor the potability of your water.

What does our water quality test look for?

  • Total Coliform – The standard bacteriological method for assessing the safety of water
  • E. coli – Caused by human and animal fecal contamination. The absence of E. coli within a water system is used as the
    basis for considering water safe to drink.
  • Lead – Can cause issues of physical or mental development in children and high blood pressure or kidney problems in adults.
  • Nitrate/Nitrite – Sources in drinking water include fertilizer run-off, leaching from septic tanks, and erosion of natural deposits.
  • Turbidity – is a measure of water clarity used to indicate water quality and filtration effectiveness

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