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The Importance Of Water Testing

Oct 7, 2007
Most people don't even think twice about drinking a glass of water that has come out of their kitchen tap let alone consider testing it. However, it is estimated that in the developing world up to 80 percent of illnesses and diseases are linked to poor access to safe drinking water and sanitation. No doubt this makes the reasons for testing your water quality fairly obvious.

It is understandable that not many people and even some countries don't have access to sophisticated laboratories and highly trained technicians so are unable to find out what is in their water. Nevertheless, modern day technology has seen the introduction of home water test kits which are a quicker, easier and cheaper method of testing the water you are drinking.

The majority of people don't realise that even household water supplies can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and in some areas, with high lead levels. Although this is unlikely to affect a healthy adult, the consequences can be dramatic for babies, children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems. Symptoms of contaminated water can range from not so serious cramps, nausea and diarrhoea to paralysis, brain and spinal cord damage and miscarriage. Portable water test kits are an ideal way to ensure that the water you are drinking is not contaminated.

You can be rest assured that all public water is tested however there are a number of ways that water can become contaminated between the treatment plant and your tap. It is important that water is tested at the point of use in order to get the most accurate reading of the quality of your drinking water. The best way to do this without using time - consuming and costly labs is with water test kits that you can use in your own home. They are usually easy to work and the results come back to you in a readable format so you don't need to worry about being an expert in water quality testing.

Even if you have a private well you should be aware of the fact that contaminants seep into groundwater and can affect your drinking supply. Well water must be tested on a regular basis especially with the increase in the number of petrol stations, shopping centres, grazing, mining, oil exploration and forestry which all impair nature's ability to purify water.

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that their water is safe because they have a water filter. However there is no one filter that can correct every potential water problem. You can filter out minerals and still have bacteria which means that your water is still contaminated. A cheap filter can be even worse than no filter at all because it can become so loaded with bacteria in just a few weeks that what comes out of it may be worse than what you put in it.

The best way to test your water is with water test kits and it's the simplest, easiest and cheapest way of being reassured that the water you are drinking is safe.
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