Reasons for Testing

We are a NELAC Certified Environmental Testing Laboratory

Water Contamination

Contamination can occur at the source and anywhere down the pipe ending at our faucets: the watershed, reservoirs, main pipes, wells, storage tanks and plumbing. Some contamination comes about naturally, while others are knowingly and unintentionally inserted by man.

Examples of Contaminants:

  • Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites
  • Inorganic materials such as salts and metals (arsenic, lead, mercury)
  • Organic materials such as synthetic and volatile chemicals (methane, solvents, pesticides and herbicides)
  • Industrial waste
  • Agricultural waste such as livestock feces
  • Sewage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Radioactive substances

Most contaminants have no smell, color or taste so you may not be able to detect a problem if you have one and water can taste different from place to place. Still, there are some conditions or activities that can signal a concern.

Here are some signs your water may not be right:

  • Water that has an objectionable or unusual smell, taste or appearance
  • Recurrent intestinal or other health problems particular if they are clustered in households or neighborhoods
  • Old lead pipes
  • Nearby livestock, agricultural crops, toxic dumps
  • Stained sinks, tubs and laundry
  • Indoor radon gas
  • Poorly lathering soaps, shampoos and detergents
  • Rapidly corroded water treatment supplies