What’ really in the water you are drinking? Let’s find out, shall we? Home Water Testing Kits – Results and a Giveaway!
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Do you drink your home tap water? Yeah, me neither. I haven’t in years. I am just conditioned not to at this point. With so many contaminated water sources, you really just can’t be too careful. Just look at Flint, MI! But could you be drinking your tap water? Have you ever had it tested? Have you ever took the initiative to test it yourself? Yeah, me neither. Until now. I have tasted the tap water in our new home and it tastes fine to me. In fact, I don’t think I could pass a blind side by side taste test between our tap water and our fridge water, which is filtered. But still, I never drink it. Even when I use my Soda Stream, I fill it with filtered water from the fridge. I’ve always been afraid of the dangers that I couldn’t see, smell or taste. In my crazy mind, drinking my home tap water sounded as bad as drinking the water in Mexico. Crazy right? I guess we shall see after I do all the testing! Get a kit for yourself here.
I drink A TON of water. All day long. I carry my hydroflask with me everywhere. I’ve never been one of those people that has to force themselves to drink water. If anything, I may drink too much. My water bottle is like a security blanket for me. Always by my side and I take comfort in knowing that it is there, full of the liquid of life. I don’t think I need to remind anyone of the health benefits of water. I will sum it up with one sentence… No water, no life.
When Water Testing Kits reached out to me about trying their kits, it was a no-brainer for me. In fact, I was really excited to try them. I was always curious about my tap water, but never really curious enough to do anything about it. (There might be a word for that – lazy) It was the kind of curiosity that lived below the surface. Well now I no longer have to be curious about the safety of our water.
Before I tell you more about the kits, let me tell you a little bit more about Test Assured Water Testing Kits as a company.
“From their site:
“We started out as a company providing water testing kits for customers who are running on wells and ground water, but have evolved into a complete water test provider for all sources of water. We are very passionate about providing high quality testing kits and supplies at affordable prices. Our tests are always easy to use so most anyone can test their water and get quick accurate results back right from their own home.
Most of us don’t think much about the water we are drinking on a day to day basis, however it’s a good idea to routinely test your water supply for any kind of contamination, especially if you are on ground water. However beyond that even if you are on municipal or city water it’s a good idea to spot check to see different levels in your water. Even beyond the city water your own piping in your home could be leaching toxins into your water supply.“
Complete Water Analysis Test Kit – This is the kit I used to test our tap water. It includes 10 different water tests allowing you to easily and quickly check your home water. The tests are easy to administer and give results within 10 minutes. With the exception of the bacteria test, which takes 48 hours for full results. The 10 tests included in these home water testing kits are:
- Lead Test
- Bacteria Test
- Pesticide Test
- Nitrates & Nitrites
- Chlorine Level
- pH Levels Check
Here is what the kit looks like straight out of the package. Each test is individually wrapped and kept separate to make sure there is no contamination. The first test is for lead and pesticides.
To run the lead and pesticide test, you put 2 droppers full of your tap water in the test vial provided. You swirl the water in the vial for a couple of second and then you place both test strips (lead and pesticide) into the vial for 10 minutes. The card provided tells you how to read your results and whether or not your water sample tested positive or negative for lead and pesticides. Our water tested negative on both! Awesome so far!
Next up is the bacteria test. This is the one test in the group that takes a longer. While all the other tests provide you with results in less than 10 minutes, this test takes 24 hours and the specimen needs to be stored in an area that is between 70° – 90°F. This vial comes shrink wrapped and has a test powder inside of it. You add your water to the powder, give it a good shake, cap it and let it sit for 48 hours. As you can tell, our water tested negative for bacteria. A purple color is a negative result, while a yellow color is a positive result.
The next test measures the levels of chlorine, copper, nitrate and nitrites in your water. One test strip tests for all of these things. You fill the provided vial 3/4 of the way with your water, swirl the test strip in the water 3 times and then remove it. Using the key above and below, you can read your results.
Our water yielded 0 ppm of chlorine, 1.3 ppm of copper and 0 ppm of nitrate nitrogen and nitrite nitrogen. These were all exactly where they should be. So far, so good! Why am I not drinking this stuff?
The card above shows you the water testing ranges for the federal water limits. These are the maximum contaminant levels allowed by the EPA. Thankfully our water tested much lower even than what could still be considered normal, safe, and allowed.
The next test was for alkalinity, pH and hardness. Our water tested at 80 ppm for alkalinity, 0 for hardness and 6.5 for pH. Again, these were all within the normal ranges. The card provided did not give ranges for the alkalinity of water. I did some research online to find the acceptable ranges for alkalinity. A pH of 6.0 – 9.0 seems to be the standard healthy range. Get a kit for yourself here.
The final test was for iron. For this test there is an iron reagent tablet included. You drop it into a vial of water and shake until the tab is completely disintegrated. You then immerse your test strip in the water for 2 seconds. You wait 60 seconds before checking your results. Our water tested at 0 ppm. Remind me again why I am not drinking our tap water??
I am pretty darn impressed with how well our tap water fared. Just for funsies, I am going to run all of these tests on the filtered water from our fridge. Just to recap, here is how our water scored.
- Lead Test – Negative
- Bacteria Test – Negative
- Pesticide Test – Negative
- Iron – 0 ppm
- Copper – 1.3 ppm
- Nitrates & Nitrites – 0 ppm
- Chlorine Level – 0 ppm
- pH Levels Check – 6.5
- Alkalinity – 80 ppm
- Hardness – 0
Are you curious about your own water now? How would you like the opportunity to test out your water? You can pick up a test of your own HERE!
Test Assured Water Testing Kits is also offering up 5 kits for a giveaway!! Details for entry below. Good luck!