When should I consider a water quality analysis?

There are many conditions within the home and nearby environment that would point to getting your water tested.


Consider a professional water quality analysis if you experience any of the following conditions.

Conditions or Nearby Activities Recommended Analysis
Recurrent gastrointestinal illness Coliform bacteria
A suspicion that household plumbing contains lead pH, lead, copper
Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich Radon
Hand soap does not later or there is a scaly residue Hardness
Hard water residue – water treatment needed to remedy hardness Manganese, iron
Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry iron, copper, manganese
Objectionable taste or smell Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals
Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored Color, detergents
Corrosion of pipes, plumbing Corrosion, pH, lead
Rapid wear of water treatment equipment pH, corrosion
Nearby areas of intensive agriculture Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria
Coal or other mining operation nearby Metals, pH, corrosion
Gas drilling operation nearby Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium
Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory or dry-cleaning operation nearby VOC, Total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, sulfate, chloride, metals
Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby Chloride, TDS, sodium