Over 70% of the world's surface is covered by water, but when looking at the amount that is fit for human consumption, only 2.5% remains as fresh water. Nearly 70% of that fresh water is frozen in the polar icecaps; most of the remainder is soil moisture or lies in underground aquifers that are inaccessible for human use.
Estimates from the World Health Organization say that more than 5 million people die each year from diseases caused by unsafe drinking water.
Whether you are a homeowner or business owner wanting to know and understand your well-water quality, or you are a municipality wanting external lab verification of your water quality, a water sample kit testing is available for very reasonable rates. Water testing kits are available from a number of reputable testing labs across the United States, but finding the right test for your situation will determine the lab you are going to use.
Water testing kits are available for all sorts of tests. For example, you can get a simple test that identifies 31 individual items including heavy metals, or a 100-plus item test that identifies all common known contaminants and pesticides. For commercial and municipal testing or for homeowners concerned about their water quality from a municipal water source, testing kits identify metals, minerals, organics, chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.
If you live on a farm or acreage and you get your water from a well, you may want to test your water annually, or more depending on the quality of water your previous test results indicate, and by the taste you are experiencing. Additionally, where you experience freeze-thaw cycles; you cultivate, fertilize and spray any crops; or you grow grass close to your water well may require testing more often. You should test seasonally if you have water provided from a shallow well. Municipal testing should only require testing if you experience odd water tastes or experience a break in a water supply line that supplies your property.
Informed testing allows a homeowner to make smart choices about their drinking water and budget finances based on those decisions to make changes in their water supplies. Simple changes such as water softeners to reverse osmosis and purification systems can carry a high initial cost, but these costs are recouped over time in the value of healthy water that does not cause you illness. These simple solutions can literally save your life.
Water testing kits are easy to use, and obtaining a water sample kit from any of the certified and accredited testing labs across the country is your best decision. Taking the time to test your water quality is in the best interest of your health, and the health of your family and pets and livestock too.