You can check your water with water quality do it yourself kits. On average, a person will use 72.5 gallons of water a day. But is that water you are using safe for humans? Commercial water testing can be expensive, so make sure you know what to test for and how often to do it.
Municipalities are now required to send these to homeowners yearly. This report will tell you about the water that is coming to your house. You can obtain one of these Confidence Reports (CCR) from your local water district.
Testing clarity in water. You should run some tap water into a clear glass and look closely at it in good lighting. Is it clear or discolored? Do you see sediment in the water? Smell the water, and in most locations you can expect a faint smell of chlorine (similar to a swimming pool) if you are on a city water supply, but any other smell, like that of rotten eggs raises red flags and your water should be tested immediately. Check your drains, fixtures and porcelain items such as toilets and tubs for red, green, blue or brown staining.
Ask your local health department or Cooperative Extension Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) for the name of a reputable water-quality testing facility near your location. If you live in a municipality, your water will be of a consistent quality, and you won’t need to have it tested every year, although it is a good idea now that politicians are looking to reduce the clean water act.
Be especially conscious of your water quality if you have your own water supply like a well. You are responsible for your water quality and testing alone. Test your well water for herbicides and insecticides when you first move in, and then at least twice that first year (early spring and late fall) for coliforms (bacteria) and nitrates, and once a year for lead, pH and total dissolved solids (TDS). If you do any work on your well, notice chemical use on or near your property, or see any of the above-mentioned indicators, have your water checked immediately.
Have your water tested when you move into a new home so that you will have a baseline guide for future water testing. Check for coliforms, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, nitrates, pH, sodium, sulfate, zinc and TDS.
To check your water, you can purchase a home water quality do it yourself test kit like one of those that we have listed above for your convenience. While not quite as accurate than a lab test, they are less expensive and you can perform them any time you wish!