water in Jacksonville safe to drink? That's a question that
can only be answered through water testing! (learn more about
free water testing here...)
Because we live in Florida, we are lucky to
have a plentiful source of ground water. Unfortunately, Florida's
aquifers can become contaminated by chemicals and microbes
that can cause illness. Nitrate/Nitrite and bacteria like
E.Coli and Coliform can reach the ground water and wells through
poorly maintained septic systems, livestock areas and fertilizer
application, or as a result of poorly constructed wells. Chemicals
can enter into the ground water from leaking gasoline storage
tanks, pesticide applications, landfills, and improper disposal
of toxic and hazardous wastes. The EPA
and the Florida
Department of Health recommends testing your well water
annually to detect problems early.
While all "public water systems" in
Florida are required to perform routine testing to ensure
that they meet state drinking water standards, private
well owners are responsible for ensuring that their OWN
well water is safe to drink. As a private well owner in Jacksonville,
you should be aware of these potential risks to the ground
water and your household water supply. List
of EPA Water Contaminants
If you are looking for HUD
"approved" water testing, please know that in
2005, these groups elected to leave testing criteria to
local authorities or the lender. For VA "approved"
water testing, the VA has left testing criteria up to the
lender. Unfortunately, many lenders are still confused on
this issue, so we offer our standard package (at right)
which covers most known lending requirements. If your mortgage
company requires specific samples for water testing, please
let us know what those are prior to making an appointment
so we can price your water testing service accordingly.
The Florida Department of Health recommends testing for
bacteria and nitrite, which our standard test does.
Free Water Tests: A
message from the Florida Attorney General (From
Avoid "Free" home water tests
Fraudulent sellers that advertise "free home water
testing" may only be interested in selling you their
water treatment device, whether you need it, or not. In
performing the test, the salesperson may add tablets or
droplets of chemicals to your tap water, explaining that
the water will change color or that particles will form
if the water is contaminated. When the water changes color
before your eyes, the salesperson may warn you that the
water is polluted and may cause cancer. In almost all of
these cases, any water (even spring water) would "fail"
the company's test.
Don't be pressured by prize promotion offers
Sellers will sometimes try to sell their water treatment
devices by notifying you by mail or by telephone that you
have been selected to win an expensive prize. To qualify
for the prize, you are required to buy a water treatment
device, costing hundreds of dollars. You may later discover
that both the prize and the water treatment device are of
Be wary of claims of government approval
Sellers will sometimes claim that certain governmental agencies
require or recommend that households use water purification
systems, or that the government has approved the seller's
particular method of in-home water testing. These claims
are false. If you see an EPA registration number on a water-treatment
product label, it means only that the manufacturer has registered
its product with the Environmental Protection Agency, but
not that the EPA has tested or approved the product.
All samples must meet
strict collection criteria, and may only be collected Monday
thru Thursday before 3 PM. Samples
are shipped overnight to a lab for processing. Other
test options available, call for more information.
Call for pricing and details!
Water Sampling Options
(5 below) - note that all packages will meet mortgage requirements:
OPTION 1 - "Standard" Package:
This package is specfically designed to cover all known
historical MINIMUM banking and local government requirements
(inlcuding FHA and VA mortgages). This is our least thorough
package, but generally meets your needs when closing on the
purchase of a new home, or re-financing, is a top priority.
Remember, this limited testing package will not reveal contaminants
that can affect your water quality. More inclusive options
can be found in Options 2 through 5 below.
Standard Water Test Package Includes:
Total Coliform Bacteria, Fecal/E.coli, Calcium, Copper, Iron,
Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Alkalinity, Chloride,
Chlorine, Color, Conductivity, Hardness, Nitrate, Odor, pH,
Sediment, Total Dissolved Solids, Sulfate, Turbidity, Lead,
Arsenic, Ammonia, Nitrite, Zinc. See comparison chart by
clicking this link.
OPTION 2 - "Comprehensive"
This package is often used for mortgage requirements,
but when a slightly higher level of testing is desired by
the client. In cases where the private well is properly constructed
and maintained, this level of testing may be adequate for
first time testing of the water (water should not currently
have any taste, odor, or color issues, and there are no health
issues in the home).
Comprehensive Water Testing Package Includes: See comparison
chart by clicking this
OPTION 3 - "Health" Package:
This package is important to choose if there ARE taste,
ordor, or color issues in the water, or if the condition of
the well suggests poor construction and/or maintenance. Additionally,
this package is good for people that have health issues. We
typically recommend this package if testing your water for
the first time. (This package is not good if industrial or
farming/agricultural pollution is suspected.)
Health Water Testing Package Includes: See comparison
chart by clicking this
OPTION 4 - "Environmental"
This is a very inclusive package. Consider this test if
you're concerned about current or old dumps/landfills, or
Environmental Water Testing Package Includes: See comparison
chart by clicking this
OPTION 5 - "Advanced Environmental"
This is the most inclusive package available, and includes
a micro analysis plus analysis for semi-volatile organic compounds,
in addition to everything from the Environmental Package (except
Advanced Environmental Water Testing Package ncludes: See
comparison chart by clicking