The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, national statistics don’t tell you specifically about the quality and safety of the water coming out of your tap. That’s because drinking water quality varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn, and the treatment it receives. Now you have a new way to find information about your drinking water (The EPA recommends that owners have their water tested annually.) MoKan Home Inspections will complete a Water Quality Inspection and provide you with a Water Quality Report detailing the level of 7 different important qualities of your drinking water.The Water Quality Inspection tests for elements in your drinking water system that can lead to serious health problems to EPA standards. It tests and provides immediate results for:
- Bacteria — Strains of E. coli can cause serious illness or death.
- Lead — Causes developmental harm, neurological damage, and kidney damage.
- Pesticides — From agricultural uses, linked to increased cancer rates.
- Nitrates/nitrites — From fertilizers and animal waste, causes developmental problems.
- Chlorine — By-products can increase cancer risk and cause bad taste and odor.
- Hardness — Causes lime scale and higher detergent use.
- pH. — Can cause heavy metal (such as lead) leaching and plumbing damage.
There is no such thing as naturally pure water. In nature, all water contains some impurities. As water flows in streams, sits in lakes, and filters through layers of soil and rock in the ground, it dissolves or absorbs the substances that it touches. Some of these substances are harmless. In fact, some people prefer mineral water precisely because minerals give it an appealing taste. However, at certain levels, minerals, just like man-made chemicals, are considered contaminants that can make water unpalatable or even unsafe. Some contaminants come from the erosion of natural rock formations. Other contaminants are substances discharged from factories, applied to farmlands, or used by consumers in their homes and yards. Sources of contaminants might be in your neighborhood or might be many miles away. Your Water Quality Report will tell which contaminants are in your drinking water, the levels at which they were found, and the actual or likely source of each contaminant. Some ground water systems have established wellhead protection programs to prevent substances from contaminating their wells. Similarly, some surface-water systems protect the watershed around their reservoir to prevent contamination. Right now, states and water suppliers are working systematically to assess every source of drinking water, and to identify potential sources of contaminants. This process will help communities to protect their drinking water supplies from contamination.