Where to Buy

Step 1: Know What's in Your Water

Have your water tested

Who can test my water?

Water Treatment Professionals Can Help You Check For:
  • Causes of upleasant taste and odor
  • Water hardness
  • Any potential health concerns

You can find a reputable water professional through our network of water dealers.

State-Approved Laboratories Can test your water for:
  • Health-related contaminants such as:
    • Lead
    • Microbes
    • Radon

Ask your state health department for a list of certified labs or visit the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website for additional information.

You can use a home water analysis kit to test for:
  • Causes of unpleasant taste and odor
  • Water hardness
  • Any potential health concerns

Home water analysis kits are sold in home improvement and hardware stores, or online.

How do I know what to look for in my water?

If your water comes from a public supply:

Ask the company that sends you your water bill for a copy of their Annual Water Quality Report. It will provide basic information on the quality of the drinking water supply in your area. This report lists detected contaminants, the potential source of those contaminants, and the levels at which those contaminants were present in the water supply. This information may also be available online.

You should still test your own water supply for contaminants because your water may contain additional contaminants like lead and copper. Any piping and plumbing from beyond the treatment location can add contaminants to your water. Therefore, testing is recommended.

If your water comes from a private well:

Since EPA requirements for testing and monitoring municipal water do not apply to privately owned wells, owners of such wells should have their water tested annually.

Local public health departments and well companies frequently offer basic water testing services. Private drinking water laboratories can analyze your well water for additional contaminants that are of special concern to residents of your region of the country, like radon.

In private wells, the most common problems include:
  • Iron
  • Rotten egg odor
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Coliform bacteria (including E-coli) and other types of bacteria
  • Arsenic
  • Parasites
  • Benzene
  • Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)
  • Pesticides and herbicides (e.g. Atrazine)

Remember that anything that affects the local ground water, industry, agriculture, septic systems, etc., may also contaminate your well. Some contaminants require multiple tests to determine the level of contamination. A water dealer can help you choose and install the best well water filtration system for your home.