When should you analyze your water quality?

Answer

Conditions or nearby activities Recommended Analysis
Recurrent gastro-intestinal illness Coliform bacteria
Household plumbing contains lead pH, lead, copper
Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich Radon
Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather Hardness
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

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