Trace Elements offers an Informational Water Analysis test for purposes of determining regulated and non-regulated metal content in drinking water. Our water chemistry parameters consist of metals designated as Primary (Health Related) contaminants and Secondary (Aesthetic or Nuisance) contaminants in drinking water. Additional metal contaminants and parameters are also reported that currently are not designated in either of the above categories by the E.P.A., but that may still have a significant effect upon health.
It should be noted that whether the originating source of the water is from a municipal regulated water supply or a private water supply, it is quite common for drinking water to become contaminated even after it reaches the home plumbing system. High acidic water and/or deteriorating home plumbing can allow heavy metals to leach from pipes. As a result of contamination, excessive levels of some metals in drinking water may have a deleterious effect upon certain individuals with predisposed sensitivities, or may also contribute to further elevation or imbalances of levels already found within the body.
When test results exceed the EPA’s Primary standards for drinking water, it is considered to be unsafe to drink until the problem is corrected.
Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Thallium and Uranium
When test levels exceed the EPA’s Secondary standards for drinking water, the water is usually displeasing to drink. The water may leave stains, have an odor, color, corrode plumbing or have other displeasing characteristics.
Aluminum, Iron, Manganese, Zinc and pH levels
Calcium, Magnesium, Nickel, Potassium and Sodium
This water test is intended for informational and research purposes only and should not be used for regulatory and/or legal purposes.
All testing for EPA Primary Regulatory Contaminants are conducted by methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All testing for Additional Contaminant Metals are conducted using variations of EPA methods.
For more information on EPA guidelines, regulations and discussion of the drinking water contaminants that may be found elevated on a water test, please visit the following website: www.epa.gov/ogwdw/contaminants/index.html.