WHY TEST


EPA Regulated

Contaminant EPA Maximum Level-Mg/L (ppm) ppb (ug/L) Health Effects

Bacteria

None

None

Indicates water contamination and causes intestinal illness

Lead

0.015

15.0

Learning disorders in children, high blood pressure in adults

Pesticides (atrazine)

0.003

3.0

Cardiovascular system or reproductive problems

Pesticides (simazine)

0.004

4.0

Problems with blood

Copper

1.3

1300.0

Liver & Kidney Damage

Chlorine

4.0

4,000.0

Stomach discomfort

Nitrate

10.0

10,000.0

Blue baby syndrome (age 6 and below), illness or death

Nitrite

1.0

1,000.0

Blue baby syndrome and shortness of breath


Not EPA Regulated- Suggested

Contaminant Mg/L (ppm) ppb (ug/L) Health Effects

Iron

0.3

300.0

Increases the risk of arthritis, cancer, liver problems, diabetes and heart failure

Hardness

50.0

Causes mineral scale, clogs faucets, damages water heaters

pH

6.5 to 8.5

Acidic pH causes pipe corrosion and heavy metal leaching from plumbing