DRINKING WATER SCREENING FAQ

Why should I have my water tested in the first place?

This question relates to preserving the health of you and your family, your employees, and others in your homes and workplaces. Are there unexplained illnesses in your home for example? In addition, a variety of potentially less serious drinking water problems are attributes such as taste, color, odor, and staining of clothes or fixtures that are possible signs of water quality issues.

What are the 13 heavy metal priority pollutants?

The EPA identifies in various regulation sections the following 13 heavy metals: Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Sodium, Thallium, and Zinc.

Are any of these heavy metals worse pollutants than others?

Yes. While they are all “bad” for humans, pets, and livestock. Lead, Copper, and Mercury can have especially devastating health effects. They are just so terribly harmful in excess levels even though each are found naturally in the Earth’s crust. Both the EPA and the CDC have published extensive materials on the significant issues with excess heavy metals contamination with which we urge you to become more familiar if you are not.

Why do you call your service a “screening”?

Our XPRESS Drinking Water Screening can also be called “informational tests”. They are performed by competent, experienced chemists using state-of-the art equipment, and EPA approved methods which also represent the highest and best testing regimes in the world. However, our screening reports are not intended to comply with EPA reporting formats. This allows our screening services be robustly performed and more cost effectively at the same time. As such they are perfectly suited for, for example, monitoring home water quality and process water quality for businesses, preliminary testing for new water sources, real estate transactions, and for new well drilling/development projects to name a few.

What if I want multiple drinking water taps screened in my home or business?

You absolutely can order multiple test kits (up to 5 kits per order) with one test per tap, for each tap you want tested. Usually there is one faucet in the kitchen area of a single-family home (where food and drink preparation occurs) and requires only one screening kit. In a business however, with potentially several different drinking water
sources (e.g. break rooms, water fountains, etc.), multiple screenings may be desired, again with one kit required for each tap. We offer price discounts any customers desiring multiple, individual tap screenings.

Why only “one test per tap” in your screening instructions?

This is because you cannot mix samples from different taps as that may make it impossible to identify and isolate any problem areas. Due to potential variability in the condition of the home’s or building’s water distribution infrastructure, we will not be able to isolate problem areas for you if multiple tap samples are mixed in one kit. For example, one tap may be fine, while another tap in that same room, let alone some other tap in another place in the same building, is a trouble spot.

What is the difference between “public” and “private” water systems?

If you pay a water bill, you are most likely purchasing water from a “public” water system, where your water is monitored, tested and the results reported to the federal, state, or tribal drinking water agencies. If your drinking water does not come from a public water system, or you get your drinking water from a household well, by definition you are on a “private” water system where you have a much greater personal responsibility for assuring that the water it is safe.

How often should I have my drinking water tested?

The EPA highly recommends “routine” testing for contaminants in drinking water. This recommendation is generally interpreted as once per year. Even if you currently have a safe, pure water supply, routine testing can be valuable because it establishes a record of water quality over time. In any case, your local drinking water supplier should be consulted for their recommended testing frequency.

Can filters help improve my drinking water quality?

Absolutely yes. This assumes the filtration devices are of high quality and working properly. Drinking water testing is still normally done after filtration to help confirm water quality. However, it is still possible to absorb toxins through your skin or by inhalation during showers, bathing, and in hot tubs or spas for example. This means that water testing should also be considered before filtration (e.g., from a tap that is unfiltered) in order to assess quality within your home or building.

Do I still need drinking water testing if my home or building is new?

Perhaps. Generally it is a given that newer structures are at less risk of drinking water contaminants due to improved building standards. For example, most homes built after June 1986 will have copper pipes or even may have “lead-free” pipes. However, it is still possible for contaminants to enter the drinking water distribution system (even legally-defined “lead-free” pipes can have up to 8% lead content) due to corrosion (from high acid content in the water), defective construction, or use of non-compliant materials. As such, routine drinking water testing is still suggested for newer homes and buildings for these and a variety of other possible reasons.

What are some other possible reasons why I should have my water tested?

There are many but here are a few. Did you have a new well installed? Where there replaced or repaired pipes in your home or building. Do you expect to have vulnerable people such as new babies, young children, or elderly adults in your home or frequenting your building? Does your water smell, taste, or look “funny” to you? Have you had a chemical or fuel spill or leak near your water supply? Are there published reports of water quality problems in or near your area? Diligence and your own good judgment will usually tell you when you may want to consider testing your water.

Can drinking water testing be expensive?

Yes unfortunately, if it is necessary, it can be expensive. This is because of the significant variety of potential contaminants and their sources. There are 126 individual priority pollutants (including all the heavy metals) listed by the EPA. With expert local guidance, you can try to limit testing to possible problems specific to your situation, with particular attention to the 13 heavy metals. Routine, affordable drinking water testing also helps with early problem identification that can avoid more significant expenses later.

There seems to be a lot consider so where can I learn more?

Yes we believe this is true. We suggest you start with the EPA at Basic Information About Your Drinking Water. Many other sources also cover basic  topics like this one from the Water Education Foundation. You also of course can write us or call us and we would be happy to try to answer your questions or help you find someone who can.

Learn About Heavy Metals.

 

   

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Thallium
  • Zinc
  •  
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days

Full Service Suite -

$99

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Thallium
  • Zinc
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $50
  •  
  • $25

Lead Only Package

$59

  • Antimony  
  • Arsenic  
  • Beryllium  
  • Cadmium  
  • Chromium  
  • Copper  
  • Lead
  • Mercury  
  • Nickel  
  • Selenium  
  • Silver  
  • Thallium  
  • Zinc  
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $25
  •  
  • $25

Lead Package 2

$69

  • Antimony  
  • Arsenic  
  • Beryllium  
  • Cadmium  
  • Chromium  
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury  
  • Nickel  
  • Selenium  
  • Silver  
  • Thallium  
  • Zinc  
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $35
  •  
  • $25

Lead Package 3

$79

  • Antimony  
  • Arsenic  
  • Beryllium  
  • Cadmium  
  • Chromium  
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel  
  • Selenium  
  • Silver  
  • Thallium  
  • Zinc  
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $45
  •  
  • $35

Lead Package 4

$89

  • Antimony  
  • Arsenic
  • Beryllium  
  • Cadmium  
  • Chromium  
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel  
  • Selenium  
  • Silver  
  • Thallium  
  • Zinc  
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $50
  •  
  • $35

Single Metal

$49 / Metal

  • Antimony YES
  • Arsenic YES
  • Beryllium YES
  • Cadmium YES
  • Chromium YES
  • Copper YES
  • Lead NO
  • Mercury YES
  • Nickel YES
  • Selenium YES
  • Silver YES
  • Thallium YES
  • Zinc YES
  •    
  • Add'l Tap
    (Up to 4 more)
     
  • Rescreen Single Tap in 90 Days $25
  •  
  • $25