Sustainable Water

Monitoring sustainable water is a proactive measure in maintaining the landscape of water resource management including; reducing contamination risks and improving water quality. A water test will reveal any present contaminants and micro-biological bacteria with a General Chemistry and Trace Metal Analysis.

DCS Controls laboratory service offers expertise in testing water for inorganic and volatile organic compounds.

Reasons to have your water tested

Coliform bacteria, naturally occurring organic and volatile organic compounds, pollution and deteriorating out of date plumbing can deliver drinking water that may pose health risks.

"But, I'm on municipal water and the municipal water works treats my water so I don't have to worry about a water test"

Unfortunately, efforts to treat water can also result in new health threats: Chlorination of drinking water does virtually eliminate most disease or bacterial contamination, but it also creates traces of several toxic by-products in the water such as:

Other chlorinated organic compounds

Government agencies have decided the benefits are worth the risks, but alternatives are available in many instances.

"I have My Own Well"

If you have your own well, you are responsible for making sure that your water is safe to drink. Private wells should be tested annually for coliform bacteria and have a General Chemistry Analysis to detect contamination problems early." In addition to an annual test, you should test the water anytime there is a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well cap or a new contamination source; if family members have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness; if an infant is living in the home; or if you wish to monitor the efficiency and performance of home water treatment equipment.

The Hit List of Contaminants

What are the contaminants that put us at risk? The EPA categorizes the culprits as follows:

Organic chemicals are pesticides, solvents, and other chemicals that seep into ground water supplies. Some are known as volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) because they change (they may evaporate, for example). Most are linked with cancer and/or nervous system, liver and kidney disorders. In the organic group, trihalomethanes (THMs) are sometimes created after water has left a treatment plant, when chlorine may react with leaves and other decaying animal and plant matter. A substance that can result from this process is chloroform, a suspected carcinogen.

Inorganic chemicals include dangerous metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic; sodium; nitrates and nitrites; and a variety of natural minerals. Some inorganics are associated with a variety of health problems. Lead is known to cause brain damage and is highly toxic to infants and pregnant women, even in minute doses. It usually comes from lead water pipes, old pipe solder, or lead-based brass fixtures.

Take Action to Protect Your Family

Our laboratory water testing services address a variety of residential and industrial concerns. Whether your water comes from a private well, municipal services, or a industrial complex system, such as food safety, argricultural production, or for environmental protection, we help you understand the suitability of water for consumption. Contact us today to learn more or to book a water test appointment.

General Chemistry Analysis:: Water chemistry analyses are carried out to identify and quantify the chemical components and properties of a certain water. This include pH, major cations and anions, trace elements and isotopes. Water chemistry analysis is used extensively to determine the possible uses a water may have or to study the interaction it has with its environment. Water chemistry analysis is often the groundwork of studies of water quality, pollution, hydrology and geothermal waters. See our General Chemistry Analysis profile...

Trace Metals Test:: Specializing in superior quality trace metals analytical services, DCS Controls Lab Services focuses on metals speciation, trace level detection limits, and the analysis of complex matrices. DCS Controls has extensive capabilities to analyze low-level trace metals in even the most complex matrices. Contact us now to request a quote or learn more.

Chemistry Analysis Explanation:: Terminology and brief explanation of your general chemistry water analysis