How to Test Water Quality at Home: The 2022 Definitive Guide

Wondering exactly what your drinking water contains, and how safe it really is? Whether you have your own well or you get your water from a municipal supplier, you could be drinking dangerous levels of chemicals, heavy metals, microorganisms, and more.

In this guide, we’ve outlined the 7 steps you need to take to test your drinking water quality at home.

First thing’s first, identify the type of water you’re testing.

If you want to test your city drinking water, a basic drinking water test kit that detects impurities like chlorine and lead might be all you need.

If your water comes from a well, you’ll need a water testing kit that tests for common well water impurities, like nitrate, bacteria, iron, and sulfur. Contact your local health department if you’re not sure what your local well water supply contains.

🧪 2. Choose a Method of Testing

Once you know what type of water you’re testing, you need to consider a testing method.

There are two primary methods of testing your drinking water:

  1. Water test kits
  2. Professional laboratory testing

Test Kits

Test kits are the fastest method of testing. A test kit contains test strips and a color wheel or chart.

You simply take a water sample from your faucet and dip the test strip into the water. The test strip will change color, and you can compare this color to the color wheel. This will give you a range for each contaminant that you’re testing for in PPM (parts per million).

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