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Watersafe WS425W Well Water Test Kit
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- Fast, accurate, easy to use; compare results with EPA recommendations
- Detects 10 contaminants including copper, iron, and lead
- Detects dangerous levels of nitrates/nitrites
- Test for potentially harmful bacteria and the presence of toxins from pesticides or fertilizers
- Identify unsafe levels of chlorine in your water
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•Fast, accurate, easy to use; compare results with EPA recommendations
•Detects 10 contaminants including copper, iron, and lead
•Detects dangerous levels of nitrates/nitrites
•Test for potentially harmful bacteria and the presence of toxins from pesticides or fertilizers
•Identify unsafe levels of chlorine in your water
From the Manufacturer
Watersafe Well Water Test Kit was specifically designed to help you test quickly and easily for the most common contaminants found in private well water, including: iron, copper, lead, bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, pH and hardness. If your home draws from private well water, regular testing (recommended yearly or more) is the only way to ensure the purity of your water and safeguard the health of your family. From the experts at Watersafe, comes an affordable, easy-to-use and accurate test to determine the safety of your well water! Our new product is an essential addition to every home drawing from private water wells, giving you lab-quality results right in your own home. The EPA recommends testing your private well water at least once a year, so don’t wait! Put your mind at ease and help secure your family’s health with a Watersafe Well Water Test Kit.
Watersafe Well Water Test Kit
Top Customer Reviews
The tests that I've done so far have given results that are in line with what we were expecting. The local lab gives some directions that I followed when pulling my water samples. They include the following:
1) Use cold water only.
2) For the bacteria test: let your water run for 5 minutes before you take a sample. Don't take a sample from a swivel faucet (commonly found in kitchens). They told me that it's best to take the water sample from the bathroom faucet or tub.
3) For the lead test: Take your sample at a point where the water has been sitting in the pipes for at least 6 hours. They recommended first thing in the morning, before flushing the toilets, etc.
The instructions included with the test kit were fine, but I would have appreciated something a bit more in depth, like those provided by our local lab. Still, this test is a fraction of what the local lab charges, and at least from what I can see, it appears to be fairly accurate.
I bought a second test to test the Laundry room faucet water (as the lab tests were only on the Bacteria). The second test kit was missing the ph/chlorine/hardness test. I phoned the company and they sent me out replacements the same day. I was happy about the Customer Service and their willingness to send out the missing test strips.
This home testing kit has 6 separate tests – either strips or vials – which test for bacteria, copper, iron, nitrates and nitrites, ph, hardness, chlorine, lead, and pesticides (atrazine and simazine). I figured these tests about covered my concerns.
I also did a lot of research online – mainly government sites such as the CDC, environmental services, state departments of public health, and university websites. Some information was interesting – some just put me to sleep. My tests did show that I was at the 50 ppm in hardness. I found at a university site that 50 mg/l (which is same as ppm) was considered in the soft range – at least according to sanitary engineers. The water conditioning industry says that’s on the edge of being somewhat hard. Hmmm. I think I’ll stick with it being considered soft?
I also discovered a few helpful hints – some of these are given in the fairly thorough instructions that came with the kit, others I took from other sites in my research.
- Use cold water
- For the lead test, it's best to do a “first draw sample” where you test your water sample when it’s been sitting in your pipes a long period of time - at least 6 hours. So, just take it first thing in the morning before flushing.
- For the bacteria test, don’t use the sink faucet, use the bathroom or tub faucet. Let the water run water for 5 minutes before you take a sample. If you have to use sink faucet, clean first with chlorine and then run water the 5 minutes. Also, do not touch any part of inside of collection tube.
Also, of note, this test kit is for ONE test. Some kits have multiple use, not this one. I do plan on frequently retesting as these values can change, so may look for kits that allow for multiple testing.
Final opinion – I think this test is great for a preliminary test – instructions are thorough, and it’s easy to do. But if you have any real concerns about the safety of your drinking water, I would recommend getting a test done by your state departments (in South Carolina they have it through DHEC) – where I believe you’ll get a bit more accurate results. Of course, these fees may be a bit higher depending on the state you live in.