The EPA and many other associations exist and were initiated to protect mankind from contaminated or dangerous drinking and washing water by water testing and compliance acts. Life threatening diseases, chronic and terminal ailments are caused by water has not adequately tested for poisons and toxins. Water testing is conducted in both municipal water and the private well water as separate tests although water testing for the same pollutants.
More than one circumstance necessitates water testing. Brian Oram, Scientist, Geologist, and outspoken advocate for water testing, delivered the following information during his 2013 Pennsylvania seminar
Residential Testing - Well and Municipal Water Testing for presence of 19 minerals plus inorganic chemicals like fluoride, Nitrate, Phosphate and chemical ratings for acidity, ph, alkalinity, and turbidity. Extra water testing can be done for uranium, boron, iron and tannins.
Commercial Water Testing This is the business operating as water testing analysis services for the following commercial enterprises: Water Treatment Dealers, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Water Testing Packages, Radiological Testing, Problem Water Testing, Well Drillers, and many more related entities.
The water testing business is for purposes of compliance and health safety.
Gas Drilling In the states where gas drilling occurs, water testing must be done before and during drilling to provide a clean base line of the water analysis before drilling and the analysis water after gas drilling is active. If drilling is to take place on your property, you should ensure certified water testing analysis is done before drilling. This is to ensure pollutants have not been released by the gas drilling into water supplies afterward. The states involved and toxins the gas drilling could dangerously release are:
Texas-Coli form Bacteria, E-Coli Bacteria, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), pH, Arsenic, Barium, Bromide, Chloride, Chromium, Foaming Agents, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Mercury, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Sulfate, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon, Methane and Ethane, plus tests for Magnesium, Strontium, Zinc, Nitrate, Alkalinity, Conductivity, Hardness, Total Solids, Oil; Grease and a full 47 Volatile Organic Chemical Scan, Uranium, Sulfide, Acidity, Ammonia, Gross Alpha & Beta.
NY, OH and PA-Total Coli form Bacteria, E-Coli Bacteria, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), pH, Barium, Bromide, Chloride, Iron, Manganese, Foaming Agents, Sodium and Methane/Ethane, plus water testing for Alkalinity, Arsenic, Calcium, Conductivity, Hardness, Magnesium, Nitrate, Selenium, Strontium, Sulfate, Total Solids, Zinc, Oil/Grease and a full Volatile Organic Compound scan, Potassium, Sulfide, Ammonia, Acidity, Nickel, Lead, Uranium and Gross Alpha/Beta.
Bottled water is tested by bottlers. The government agencies regulating the water testing for pollutants in drinking water are the FDA, IBWA Compliance and the 50 State Compliance. The bottlers tests are required to include chemical, physical and radiological guidelines for the source or product water testing as directed by the FDA, IBWA and all 50 States Compliance. The World Health Organization published "Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality". The water testing list includes metals, in-organics, physical factors, volatile organics, pesticides, herbicides, carbonates, synthetic compounds, disinfection byproducts, and radiological.
These all sound ominous, as indeed they should. Lives are affected every day by contaminated water which was either untested, not tested properly and compliance for safety ignored.