A common question we get from home and business owner is “should I get my water tested?”. While the urgency may vary, the almost unanimous answer is “yes”.

If you are asking the question, chances are there is a reason behind it. Maybe you are worried about dangerous chemicals, lead, iron, bacteria, or viruses in your water. Maybe you want to know how hard your water is because you have stains on your toilet, sink, shower, etc. Or, perhaps you just don’t like the taste or odor of your water.

The only way to find out the cause is to get your water tested. At Everything H2O, we offer a complimentary water assessment to all our customers. Our team of experts will analyze your water and provide personalized recommendations on the most suitable water treatment system for your specific needs.

Should Public Water Users Get Their Water Tested?

Despite the treatment processes implemented by public utilities, urban tap water or municipal water sources can still contain various contaminants. In fact, Canadian statistics reveal that thousands of reported violations of drinking water standards occur annually.

Emerging contaminants such as perchlorate and PFOA/PFOS, which are not yet regulated, pose significant risks to public health. These contaminants, along with others like lead and bacteria, can compromise the safety of your water supply.

Additionally, hard water remains a prevalent issue, affecting the efficiency and longevity of plumbing and appliances due to scaling and buildup. Scaling will lead to lower efficiency and eventually failure resulting in costly repairs and replacements.

Should Private Well Users Get Their Water Tested?

For those relying on rural well water, the responsibility of water safety falls squarely on their shoulders. The rules for drinking water set by regulatory bodies do not apply to private wells, making regular testing essential.

Common tests for rural well water include assessments for coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH levels, and more. High concentrations of contaminants like nitrates can be particularly hazardous, especially for vulnerable populations like infants.

Some of the most common tests are:

  • Basic water potability
    Include tests for coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH, sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulphate, iron, manganese, total dissolved solids, and hardness.
  • Coliform bacteria
    Indicate the presence of microorganisms in the water that are potentially harmful to human health.
  • Nitrate
    A common contaminant found mainly in groundwater. High nitrate concentrations can be particularly dangerous for babies under six months, since nitrate interferes with the ability of blood to carry oxygen.
  • Ions
    Ions such as sodium, chloride, sulphate, iron, and manganese can impart objectionable taste or odor to water.
  • Sulfate
    Excessive amounts of sulfate can have a laxative effect or cause gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Fluoride
    Fluoride is an essential micro-nutrient, but excessive amounts can cause dental problems.
  • Total dissolved solids
    Represent the amount of inorganic substances (i.e. sodium, chloride, sulphate) that are dissolved in the water. High total dissolved solids (TDS) can reduce the palatability of water.

So, when should you test your water?

You can and should get your water tested at any time. But, there are some key indicators for when it is urgent.

  • Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry
  • Change in odor or taste
  • Change in water appearance
  • Corrosion in pipes or appliances
  • Flooding or pollution nearby
  • Disturbance on land or drilling/digging nearby
  • Landfill nearby
  • Salty taste
  • Radon rich area
  • Water born or transferred illness
  • Lead in pipes

Some people may not experience any of these and just want to get their water tested for peace of mind. No matter the reason, it is always safer to get your water tested.