How to Determine the Mineral and Toxicity Levels in Local Water

10 March 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Ground water absorbs pesticides, minerals, chemical run-off, animal urine and feces, and whatever else lands on the ground and sinks down. It is in the best interest of your customers to find out the quality of the local water and whether or not it needs water treatments prior to human consumption. There are a couple of different ways you can do this.

Hire a Water Testing Company to Test Your Samples

With this option, a company tests water samples you send them. They send you two bottles to collect samples with the specific instructions on how to collect your samples. When you ship the samples back to the testing company, you also send them a check or money order for the cost of the test and a copy of the results.

Purchase a DIY Water Testing Kit

These kits are sold in many pool stores and home improvement stores. If you buy one from a home improvement store, they should be in the plumbing section. (If you cannot find one there, be sure to ask an employee for help.) The kit will include vials to collect water samples and several testing chemicals which, when added to your water samples, will alter the color or appearance of the water if there are harmful substances present. The instructions will include a section on what to look for when testing your samples, and how you can apply certain water treatments to make the local water safe.

Hire a Water Softener Agent to Test the Water

Water softener agents are trained in how to test the water quality from the taps in a home. If the water you want tested is from a customer's tap, then you can hire the water softener agent to use his or her test kits to check for hard water and the presence of excess chlorine, which is typically the chemical used by water treatment plants to cleanse the water of harmful bacteria. If you want to test for other minerals and chemicals, then go with one of the other options above.

Following the Annual City or County Water Reports

Your local water treatment plant will publish quarterly or annual reports on the levels of lead, chlorine, rust, and certain bacteria in the water that they process. When you test your own samples, you can measure up your results against these public reports to see how accurate they are. It helps to see if your samples have individual results and invisible issues that might have otherwise gone undetected. Water treatment and water filtration solutions will take care of all of the most common problems with water quality. Talk to a professional like Valley Pump Inc for more information.