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What We Do: Local Water Testing

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Water Test Kits for Well Water Testing

wELL WATER TESTING

Water test kits for well water testing, drilled wells, shallow wells, spring water, lake water, river water source.   Learn more about well water testing and the cost to have your water tested.

CITY WATER TESTING

Utility water from a local water system may spend  3-7 days in contact with dated water pipes prior to reaching your tap.  A home’s plumbing and fixtures may also affect water quality

Water test kits for specialized water testing

SPECIALIZED WATER TESTS

Specialized water testing is for specific exposure risks.  These water test kits are for single contaminate water testing such as pesticides, microbiology, nitrates, etc.

Lead in Drinking Water - Local Water Test Kits

LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

Safe drinking water is a priority.  Are you are concerned about lead in your drinking water?  We’ve made testing your tap water for lead easy… order a lead water test kit.

LEAD, ARSENIC, NITRATES & HUNDREDS MORE...

Chemicals migrate into water from old pipes, industry, agriculture, and other sources. Many have no taste, color, or smell. Authorities test at some facilities but they don’t know what’s coming out of your tap. Tap Score is the only home water testing service with unbiased treatment matching and health risk analysis – so you don’t waste money on treatment that doesn’t do what you need.

how We Do It: Home Water Testing

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Local Home Water Testing is Easier & Affordable!

The future of home water testing is here!  Millions of Canadians get their drinking water from private water wells that have little to no oversight at all.  Are water wells the largest unchecked threat to drinking-water safety in Canada?

Home water testing has become much easier and affordable with the Tap Score water test kits.  You just need to take a few water samples and you will have your unbiased water test results in 10 days explaining the results.

Should I Have My Home Water Tested?

The answer to this question will depend on several factors. Water safety may concern your health and the health of your family, we’ve included many basic facts about water testing that you might find helpful.

In addition to illness that can be caused by possible water borne pathogens, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and the staining of clothes or fixtures are a good indication of possible water quality issues.

smarter water news & updates

SMART WATER NEWS

Latest local water news & updates.  Get the facts about water testing, water wells, and information from other leading experts. 

Real Estate and Water Wells - What Should You Do?

REAL ESTATE ADVICE

What do you need to know when purchasing Real Estate with a Water Well?  It’s important to request the right information!

Why you should test your drinking water

WHY TEST MY WATER?

Regularly testing the water quality of your private well is a vital part of maintaining a safe water system & identify water well problems.

Tap Score - Canadian Water Test Kits

LOCAL WATER TEST KITS

Who says water testing has to be difficult?  Along with your water test kit Tap Score includes clear instructions and…

REAL ESTATE WITH
WATER WELL ADVICE

When purchasing real estate with a private water well, there are three important water well facts to consider:
1) Water Quality
2) Water Quantity
3) Home Water Treatment System

Why We Do It: Water Testing FAQ

Local Water Testing Pros

A: If you own a private well, it’s important to have your well water tested to determine if your water id safe.  Although your neighbor’s water well has been tested and found to be safe this is not an indication that your water well is also safe.  Water wells should be tested at least once a year.

Remember, the safety of your well water depends on surface and underground geology, the depth and construction of the well. Even deep drilled wells can be susceptible to contamination if surface water enters the well from the top of the well or from surface fractures in the rock or a leaking and even damaged casing.

It’s important to note that a water test report will only tell you about the quality of your water on the day that you draw the sample. Well water quality can also be seasonal. Heavy rain, melting snow, drought, floods or other events such as seasonal land-use may cause contamination. Water wells need to be tested on a regular basis, maintain a file for the water test reports for future reference

A: If you own a private well in the Fraser Valley, it’s important to have your well water tested to determine if your water is safe to drink. Just because your neighbor’s water well has been tested and found to be safe this is not an indication that your water is also safe, all Fraser Valley water wells should be tested at least once a year and some more often.

Remember, the safety of your well water depends on surface and underground geology, the depth and construction of the well. Even deep drilled wells can be susceptible to contamination if surface water enters the well from the top of the well or from surface fractures in the rock or a leaking and even damaged casing.

It’s important to note that a water test report will only tell you about the quality of your water on the day that you draw the sample. Well water quality can also be seasonal. Heavy rain, melting snow, drought, floods or other events such as seasonal land-use may cause contamination. Water wells need to be tested on a regular basis, maintain a file for the water test reports for future reference.

A: What is the difference between the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and Canadian Drinking Water Standards?

Canadian Drinking Water Standard – a mandatory limit that must not be exceeded; drinking water standards often indicate a legal duty or obligation.

Canadian Drinking Water Guideline – a recommended limit that should not be exceeded; guidelines are not intended to be standards of practice, or indicate a legal duty or obligation, but in certain circumstances they could assist in evaluation and improvement.

A: There can be many harmful substances that you cannot taste, see or smell, such as bacteria and chemicals that could affect your health.

Contaminates can enter a well water both from the surface and ground and can be from natural sources or human activities.

For example, nearby farming and agricultural activities or septic systems, if built or maintained improperly, could lead to increased nitrates and fertilizers seeping into soil and contaminating your well water, even deep drilled wells.

The lack of good water well maintenance may also cause contamination of your Fraser Valley Well Water.

A: There are 2 categories of water tests for well water:

1. Bacteriological Water Testing
2. Chemical Water Testing

Bacteriological Water Testing

Bacteriological testing should be done 2 or 3 times a year. Two common types of bacteria found in water are: Total Coliform and E.coli.

Total Coliform

Total Coliform include bacteria found in soil, surface water, and the intestinal tracts of animals. Finding total coliforms in a well may not mean that the water is unsafe to drink, but does indicate:

1) The well may require improved sanitation or physical upgrades.
2) The well may be subject to surface contamination.

Escherichia coli (E. coli)

E. coli originates in the intestinal tracts of animals. The presence of E. coli in your well water may mean fecal matter has entered the well. Fecal organisms cause stomach and intestinal illnesses, including diarrhea and nausea, and may even lead to death. Babies, children, elderly or people with immune deficiencies or other illnesses may be affected more severely.
E. coli in your drinking water is an immediate health concern and the water is not safe to drink.
For more information, see the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s fact sheet on Total, Fecal & E. coli Bacteria in Groundwater 

Chemical Testing

Testing water for chemicals should be done on a routine basis, typically at a minimum of every 5 years. Chemicals commonly of concern in the Fraser Valley’s groundwater resources are: nitrates, fluoride and metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and manganese.

Nitrates

High levels of nitrates have been found in numerous wells throughout the Fraser Valley. This usually occurs in areas where groundwater may be contaminated by surface activities such as agriculture or farming, drilled wells can be susceptible but shallow wells are especially vulnerable to nitrate contamination.

Metals

Since well water comes from the underground, different metals in the soil and rock can leach or dissolved into the water. Some metals, such as arsenic can have serious and long-term health effects if they are found in high amounts.

How much does local water testing cost?  Home water test costs will vary depending on the number and types of tests selected but can quickly add up, we usually encourage people to purchase water test kit packages designed for personal and local requirements.

Private water supplies should be tested at least once a year and, in some situations, every 6 months for a basic microbiology test including total coli-form bacteria and E. coli bacteria.

The water testing cost for microbiology will depend on whether a basic bacteria or complete bacteria package is purchased. A complete microbiology package would include total coli-forms, E. coli but also include the heterotrophic plate count and fecal coli-forms in the water.

Other water testing kits will include testing for metals in water (metal scans), routine water portability package, extended water portability with coli-forms and other more complex water test packages for specialized requirements.

Local water testing cost will depend on the chosen water testing kit. Learn about the water test costs in your specific area. 

A: Local Water Well Pros drillers are educated and certified under the BC well drillers apprenticeship program must abide by or exceed the water well drilling regulations for British Columbia.

A: Arsenic is known to cause cancer, as well as many other serious health problems. Arsenic levels tend to be higher in drinking water that comes from groundwater sources, such as water wells, as opposed to water from surface sources, such as lakes or reservoirs.

Arsenic is a natural element that can be found in rocks and soil, water, air, and in plants and animals. It can also be released into the environment from some agricultural and industrial sources.

Other metals such as lead, and copper can also leach out of pipes and soldered joints. Water of low PH will typically be much more aggressive. For some, but not all metals, you may notice taste, odor, or staining of fixtures.

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