Archive For The “Water Testing” Category

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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What Tests Does the Water Metals Testing Bundle Include?

By | November 29, 2017

Earlier this week re announced the release of our new Water Metals Testing Bundle and today we received an inquiry from ‘Jeffrey’ who asked, “What metals does the Bundle have in it and how many tests can you perform with each bundle?”Do you want to tes…

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What is Salmonella?

By | November 29, 2017

A recent inquiry departed from our usual subject matter but we figured it a good idea to try and respond anyway.  ‘JJ’ asked, “What exactly IS salmonella and how afraid of it should me and my family be when going out to eat?  I keep seeing wh…

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Does the WaterSafe City Water Test Kit Test for THM’s and Other Disinfection Byproducts?

By | October 12, 2017

This morning we received an inquiry from ‘Marlaina’ who asked, ”
Hi. Does your city water check test for thms and other disinfectant products?”
Thank you for the questions, Marlaina.  The WaterSafe City Water Test Kit does not detect THM’s …

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What are the Color Blocks (Levels) for the Peroxide Strips?

By | October 5, 2017

This morning we received an inquiry from ‘Kallie’ who asked, “Found your peroxide strip product on google and assume it has 5 or 6 color blocks, but what are the levels?”

Thank you, Kallie, for the question.  The color chart on the Peroxide Check test strips that we carry has (7) seven color blocks at the following levels:  0.05, 2.0, 5.0, 10, 25, 50 and 100 ppm (mg/L).

Who needs to test for (hydrogen) peroxide?

Abbreviated as H2O2, hydrogen peroxide works as a powerful oxidizer and its uses include treating minor cuts and scratches, washing various food items, and sanitizing hot tubs & swimming pools that use the Baquacil® (or other biguanide) sanitizer system.

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Vinyl Chloride Testing in Air and Water…. but What About Chloramines?

By | September 15, 2017

This morning we heard from ‘Steve’, a gentleman who had previously asked us by email about testing for vinyl chloride in air and water.  In our initial reply we informed him that 
National Testing Laboratories offered several mail-in wat…

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Does the WaterSafe Well Water Test Kit Detect E. Coli?

By | September 15, 2017

We recently received an email from ‘Teri’ who asked,
“Hi.  We’re looking at the WaterSafe Well Test Kit and want to know if it tests for E. Coli. Thanks.”
Good morning, Teri, and thank you for the question. The WaterSafe Well Water T…

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Should I Drain My Pool In Advance of a Hurricane?

By | September 7, 2017

We just received an inquiry from ‘Bekki’ who asked, “With (hurricane) Irma coming at us should we drain our inground pool before we evacuate for higher ground?” Thank you for your inquiry, Bekki, and we hope you and everyone else potentially in Hurricane Irma’s way the best of luck and safe travels. Should you drain […]

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Well Water Test Kit That Includes Manganese and Magnesium?

By | September 6, 2017

We recently received an inquiry from ‘Marilyn’ who asked, “I need to test my well water in order to determine the correct equipment to get for filtration and softening. Your sen safe water test kit seems the most appropriate, but I do not see tests…

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