Where do I get an independent water test?


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Old 04-23-07, 07:45 PM
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Where do I get an independent water test?

I need to buy a new water softener and from reading the other posts, I know I need to get an independent water test before I ask for recommendations on a softener. However, I'm not really sure how to go about doing this. Is this something where I could send a sample somewhere or is there a kit to buy? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 04-23-07, 08:38 PM
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Usually your municipal, county, or state department of heath can point you to independent testing labs. You can also find them in the Yellow Pages.

Are you on a well or water system?
 
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Old 04-23-07, 08:40 PM
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Local health department will get you an independent water test. Call to find out instructions for collecting water sample and what steps are involved.
 
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Old 04-24-07, 11:18 AM
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More info

We are connected to the city's water system, not a well. My husband also told me that the city's water company sends out a water quality report every year. It shows the averages of regulated and unregulated substances (about 16 different things). Would this suffice or should I still get the water test? (We are in a twon of about 100,000).

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Old 04-24-07, 11:31 AM
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It does tell you somethings but usually reports from municipal water systems only reflect that the water meets legal EPA mandates for potable water and not necessarily everything you need to know for complete water treatment.

Since you want to go through this once and then enjoy quality water for decades you want to do it right rather thand find out after you've spent your money that something was overlooked.
 
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Old 04-24-07, 12:00 PM
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The city water test reflects the water that you receive from them. It does not necessarily reflect the water that you receive out of the tap. For instance, water can become contaminated from plumbing.
 
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Old 04-25-07, 03:13 PM
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State by state #'s for state certification officers for drinking water labs located here...

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/labs/index.html
 
 

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