Testing for Chloramines and Disinfection Byproducts

By | February 13, 2018

We recently received an email from ‘WendyS’ asking, “I’d like to make sure I order the appropriate testing kit. I am mostly concerned about the chloramine and byproduct levels in my home from the municipal water supply. Should I get the Waterworks…

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Minimum Detection Limit for Arsenic Test by National Testing Laboratories

By | February 6, 2018

We recently heard from ‘Fred’ who asked,
“What is the detection limit for your ‘Arsenic in Water Test by National Testing Laboratories’ product? Is there any discount for ordering multiple tests? I want to test my incoming city water and water af…

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Does This Iron Test Give a Value in ppb or Just Presence/Absence?

By | February 6, 2018

We received an email from ”Weindell’ who asked, “I’m looking at your watersafe well test kit and want to know if the included iron test will measure levels of iron in ppm or simply tell me presence/absence?”The WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit me…

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Do You Offer a ‘Complete’ Kit with Arsenic Test?

By | February 5, 2018

This morning’s inquiry came from ‘Toby’ who asked, “Do you have a test that is the “complete” test and includes arsenic? Or is that two separate kits that need to be purchased? I would like to test the well water at the barn we board at. Thank you!”…

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Which Water Do I Test? Source or Filtered?

By | January 25, 2018

Today we received an inquiry from ‘Nathaniel’ who asked, ”
If I use a basic Brita sink attachment, would you suggest I get the water tested after or before the filter?  I wash my food and my body without the filter so knowing what is in the t…

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Does the WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit Detect Soap in Greywater?

By | January 24, 2018

Earlier this week we received an inquiry from ‘EarlEbirdE’ who asked, “Hi, can I use your well water test kits from watersafe to test for soap in grey water?”For those unfamiliar with the term greywater, it refers to water from bathroom sinks, sho…

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Older Homes with Copper Plumbing… Could Mean Lead in Your Drinking Water

By | January 24, 2018

Older homes used copper plumbing and the solder used to join the copper pipes together sometimes contained lead which over time tended to find its way into buildings’ water supplies. While the amount of leaching depended heavily upon the amount of s…

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What’s the Best Way to REALLY Know What’s in My Drinking Water?

By | January 23, 2018

Question: “What’s the best way to REALLY know what’s in my drinking water?”

Answer: “To get a full water quality picture, you may want to consider having your water tested by a local water testing lab but be CAREFUL who you select and avoid those who also, and foremost, sell water treatment systems. Independent labs give independent results whereas a filter company wants to sell you a filter and uses the testing as bait to get you interested in their products. If you cannot locate a reputable independent local lab, companies like 
National Testing Laboratories offer reasonably priced mail in water testing services with a range of packages that test for basic water quality parameters all the way up through comprehensive packages that include tests for literally hundreds of potential drinking water contaminants.”

Find information regarding National Testing Labs’ mail-in water test kit packages 
here.

National Testing Labs 30 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
30 Parameter Test Kit

National Testing Labs 83 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
83 Parameter Test Kit

National Testing Labs 103 Parameter Test Kit
National Testing Labs
103 Parameter Test Kit

What do I do if testing reveals a ‘problem’ in my water?

While no one WANTS to find out their water supply contains unwanted and potentially harmful contaminants, it does happen from time-to-time and when it does action needs to get taken right away to remedy the situation.  Regardless of whether the water’s problem involves aesthetics (taste, color, odor, etc.) or something far more sinister sinister like higher levels of lead, mercury or chemical remnants, the longer you wait to correct the problem, the longer you expose your family and yourself to all of those problems.

Once you have identified the problem through testing you can set about the task of determining which type of filtration method will work best for your unique water quality situation.

Not all filters are created equal!

When considering INVESTING in a water filtration system, make certain the company whose product(s) you select has an established reputation and that their products not only will meet your filtration requirements, but also that their products meet NSF/ANSI performance requirements for the contaminants you would like reduced/removed.

If the company whose water filter you consider does not make the independent test results from testing of its water filters publicly and readily available, you may want to consider another company’s water filtration products.

As an example, the test results for Propur‘s more popular water filters can easily be accessed:

Propur PMC-3000 Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-3000
Countertop Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000 Undercounter Water Filter
Propur PMC-4000
Undercounter Water Filter
Propur ProMax PM-9000H Chrome Shower Filter w/ Massage Wand
Propur ProMax PM-9000H
Chrome Shower Filter
with Massage Wand

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What is Coal Ash? How Can I Test for Coal Ash?

By | January 5, 2018

Earlier this week we received an inquiry from Frank in NC who asked, ”
What all’s in coal ash and is there a test for it for my water?”
Thank you, Frank, for the questions and we suspect that many others have similar questions in mind given the …

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Do YOU Know How to Boil Water?

By | November 30, 2017

Ever hear the old joke that a person’s cooking sucks so badly that they even burn water?  Well, in the event of an emergency or natural disaster where access to clean water no longer exists a person COULD literally boil water incorrectly… and cause illness or possibly even death.

What?  How can a person BOIL WATER incorrectly?!?!?

If you don’t have safe bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling is the surest method to make water safer to drink by killing disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

You can improve the flat taste of boiled water by pouring it from one container to another and then allowing it to stand for a few hours, OR by adding a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of boiled water.

If the water is cloudy,

  • Filter it through a clean cloth, paper towel, or coffee filter OR allow it to settle.
  • Draw off the clear water.
  • Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for one minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes).
  • Let the boiled water cool.
  • Store the boiled water in clean sanitized containers with tight covers.

If the water is clear,

  • Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for one minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes).
  • Let the boiled water cool.
  • Store the boiled water in clean sanitized containers with tight covers.

Important Fact:  Boiling water does NOT eliminate potentially harmful contaminants like lead, or other heavy metals.  It actually has the opposite effect and causes them to become more concentrated.  If possible, using a gravity filter such as ones offered by 
ProPur may be a good idea.

Water filters for camping or emergency/disaster situations

OK, so boiling water does take care of a lot of potentially nasty drinking water issues, but filtering that water would make that water even safer.  Whether you plan to hang out in the woods with friends or Mother Nature has impacted your family’s life, gravity fed water filters require no power and do an excellent job of polishing water to make it safe for human consumption.

Below you will find various sizes of 
ProPur gravity feed water filters perfect for meeting the daily water consumption needs of individuals up to small groups of up to 4 or 5 people.

Propur Gravity Filters
Propur Scout
55 Ounces
Propur Gravity Filters
Propur Traveler
1.6 Gallons
Propur Gravity Filters
Propur King
3.75 Gallons

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