Quality drinking water is vital to our health and well-being. The human body is, after all, 70% water, and although a human being can survive a month or more without food, a week without water can be fatal. Although we don’t think about it every day, water quality in the 21st century is a growing challenge because of the large number of chemicals used in our everyday lives and in the industry that can make their way into our waters.
Over 90% of Australians receive their domestic supply from mains water (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001). Did you know that municipal water contains many impurities such as aluminum, arsenic, fertilisers, pesticides, chlorine and fluoride at ‘acceptable levels’ many of which have been shown to cause adverse health effects? The pipes (both mains and in your home) may also be a source of various contaminants like copper, lead, asbestos and pathogenic bacteria.
Many households collect rainwater in domestic tanks to provide an alternative and renewable source of water. Although the quality of tank water will depend on where you live and the type and state of your roof catchment system, tank water has been found to be contaminated with more than acceptable levels of lead (Bannister et al 1997), micro-organisms, pesticides and a variety of other impurities.
Testing your potable water supply and getting advice on the most appropriate water filtration system to use in your home is essential in order to reduce your family’s exposure to known toxins described above.
What does it involve?
Background research into where your drinking water comes from (catchment areas and environmental setting) if applicable.
Collecting a sample(s) of drinking water on site and delivering it to a NATA Accredited (National Association of Testing Authorities) laboratory for quality testing.
Obtaining your water distributor’s latest Drinking Water Quality Report (if on mains).
Analysis of water testing results.
What will you get?
An initial interview over the phone to determine specific concerns relating to your water supply.
Site visit to collect a water sample and discuss potential water contaminants likely to be present in your water supply based on your source of drinking water, types of water pipes and storage vessels.
A laboratory water quality testing report and verbal discussion of results.
Recommendations on the best water filtration system based on your water supply, health concerns and budget.
A follow up call.
Did you know?
Fluoride exposure in the womb is linked to a significant decline
in children’s IQ (Bashash et al 2017).