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Other Testing

Fluoride - may prevent tooth decay but excess stains children's teeth $30

Heavy metals - mercury, lead, arsenic, manganese, antimony, cadmium, others $30-50

Lead in paint - lead is poisonous and may accumulate in bones. $45

Total suspended solids, BOD - water quality parameters $60

Oil in water - leaking heating oil from underground tanks, diesel, kerosene $125

Radon - volatilizes in showers and may be breathed in $75

Escherichia coli - a member of the fecal coliform group of bacteria. E. coli bacteria are used as indicators of sanitation for many food products. Fecal streptococci and fecal coliform ratios have been used to determine animal or human sources of contamination. Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas and other bacteria are also of clinical importance. Enterococci are used in marine waters to monitor pollution. $60

Iron and sulfur bacteria - have in common the ability to transform or deposit significant amounts of iron or sulfur, usually in the form of objectionable slimes and may be especially bothersome in water for industrial use or fouling and plugging of wells. These organisms also may cause odor, taste, frothing, color, and increases in turbidity in waters. $60

Pesticides, Herbicides, Algae, Yeast, Mold, Legionella, Giardia - please call.

Are there infectious micro-organisms in your drinking water?

   Bacteria?

   Viruses?

   Parasites?

Bacteriological Water Testing - State Certified

The quality of water is determined largely by bacteriological analysis. The important objective of these analyses is to determine whether a water supply contains fecal (intestinal) microorganisms (not necessarily pathogens) whose presence is indicative of pollution of the water by human or animal wastes. Generally, the organisms sought are the coliform bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of man and animals. Should coliforms be present, the intestinal pathogens causing stomach cramps, diarrhea, typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, E. Coli, Giardia and other infectious micro-organisms may also be present. Cost is $47.50.

Do you have complaints about your water?

   Stains?

   Odors?

          Discolored water?

          Cloudy water?

    Deposits?


Chemical Water Testing

Aspects of water quality involve measurement of corrosiveness of water from acidity, salt content (a problem in some coastal areas or near mines), total dissolved solids, water stains, heavy metals including lead, copper, zinc and iron, bad odor or color, fertilizers and hardness (causing deposit buildup). Such tests determine if water treatment equipment is needed. Cost for this group of chemical tests is $85.00.