water testing, what type?


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Old 03-04-08, 03:36 PM
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water testing, what type?

Hello to all, 1st post.
Background: 1st time home owner, single occupant, single bath room, no pool/spa. Municipal water. Researching water softener and under sink R.O. for immediate install. Neither previously installed.
My mind is scrambled from all I have read, but this site is very educational. Many references to independent water testing. I called the local environmental testing facility and asked for a water test. Their response was "yes we test for many local communities, what do you want?" I asked if there was a generic package test that would cover hardness and breakdown of minerals. He gave me the impression that I had to request each substance I was looking for. So what do I need to be concerned with and ask for in a analysis so that I select the correct softener? Is there a general test that includes grains of hardness, Ph, iron, manganese, etc.? These seem to be the more frequently mentioned elements? what can I expect to pay for such a test (ballpark)?
 

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Old 03-04-08, 04:24 PM
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This may not help you but at the lab I tested at they had a homeowner's package that tested for everything I posted about at:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=337391

It cost me $180.
 
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For the vast majority of tests for residential water treatment concerns are hardness, iron, TDS an pH. pH is always done in areas where pH is a know concenr but often ignored where it isn't.

Additional tests for sulfur, chloride, sulfides and arsenic are also considered important. No one test method can verify all or many testing parameters. Each test takes different chemicals, instruments or strips for their specific purpose.

Andy Christensen, CWS-II
 
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I think the City of Yuma would be obligated to give you a print-out of their latest water tests. Did you ask them?
 
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So the local water test lab was correct? I have to request each individual element that I'm looking? I know that different elements are more prevalent in different areas of the country and even between surface and ground water. But there SHOULD be some common elements that are of primary concern when talking about water softening. Sounds like a catch 22. If I knew what I was looking for I'd ask.

http://www.gotoyuma.com/hs/fwws/docs/fww2006.pdf

If you're still intrested, here's the link to the 2006 water quality report from the water service provider "Far west Water". It does not list PH or Iron eventhough iron is a known problem in the area. I will contact them directly for additional info.
 
 

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