Testing Your Water Supply

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Can I test my own water?

Testing Your Water Supply

Because water systems can change sources from one day to the next, water contaminants can also vary daily. Although your water system company is required to supply you with an annual report on water contaminant levels, you may want to test your own water more frequently to see how the contaminant levels change.

If you don't want to hire a company to test your water, calling National Testing Labs or Suburban Water Testing to request a water sampling kit. Several different tests are available to target the contaminants you suspect. Once you receive your water quality test in the mail, collect a sample of your water and send it back to the laboratories. Some companies that sell water filter systems will also provide this service.

Comapare the results of your water supply test with the EPA standards. These can be found on the EPA Web site or by calling the EPA Safe Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.



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