Last month, in a post entitled There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills, I pointed out that lead ore mining had occurred to some extent on this property in the past. The ever-observant Florida Cracker over at Pure Florida asked in a comment whether we tested our well water for the presence of lead. We do test our water for lead, as well as other possible contaminants, using the WaterSafe home drinking water test kit.
This home testing kit is easy to use and tests for the presence of the most common contaminants found in drinking water. The directions for use are complete and easy to understand, and all of the tests (except for E.coli) provide results within minutes. The E.coli bacteria test is a simple test, but it requires 48 hours to produce results.
The test kit is available for purchase on-line from the manufacturer, Silver Lake Research, at the following website:
Each test kit costs $16.99, with a nominal shipping charge added to the price at checkout. I bought two kits on my last order, and the shipping and handling totaled $4.00.
For less than $20.00 you can buy yourself quite a bit of peace of mind, which is an excellent deal in my book. And if your well water does not pass the tests, wouldn’t you rather know what the problems may be, rather than bury your head in the sand?