From time to time we get questions about water testing. Specifically, people want to know if they should get their water tested before they purchase one of our systems. If you are part of a city water program (you get a water bill each month), you probably don’t need to have your water tested. The reason you probably don’t need your water tested is because your water provider is required to provide you with water the meets minimum water quality standards and our products do not have problems working when water meets those standards. Our products have been certified by the NSF, The Public Health and Safety Organization. Founded in 1944, the NSF is recognized by regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level. An NSF certification demonstrates that a product complies with all standard requirements. NSF conducts periodic facility audits and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard.
If your water is supplied by a well, then you need to have your water tested before you purchase one of our systems. You need to have your water tested because your water is not receiving any treatment to meet minimum water quality standards. No system will eliminate all impurities from your water.
When having a certified lab test your water make sure your request tests for the following in addition to all the normal tests for drinking water;
- ORP (Oxidation/Reduction Potential)
- Manganese and
- TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)
Once you get the results back, review the “Conditions for Operation” for the system you want to purchase to ensure your system will work for your situation. If you have any questions about the results and whether our system will meet your needs, simply give us a call at 509-674-4000 and we’ll help you find the system that is right for you. For a list of certified water testing facilities compiled by the EPA, click here.
Don’t forget to verify there is no H2S (hydrogen sulfide, rotten egg odor) present. H2S can not be tested for in a lab with any accuracy. Simply verify whether it is present by smelling the water or asking your customer if they smell it. If H2S is present it must be treated prior to installing your ICS system. Our ICS-H is designed to treat H2S