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Water Testing

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CIS 873
Pub. Date: 1990
Last Reviewed: 2015

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Testing your water supply is a serious decision because it safeguards your and your family’s health. Indeed, your water should be safe to drink and acceptable for all household uses. However, some water supplies need not be tested. This entry in the Quality Water for Idaho series details how homeowners, particularly those living in rural areas, can ensure the safety of the ground and surface water they use. Along with discussing the difference between public and private water supplies, it identifies various scenarios and what type of test each merits; how to collect samples on your own, including those involving private water supplies; how to find testing services; and how to test for volatile organic chemicals and pesticides.

Authors: Ernestine Porter and Robert L. Mahler

4 pages

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