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bacteria samplesIs 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 or FHA "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" test which covers most 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 here)

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 little value.

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.


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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.

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Water Sampling Options (5 below):

OPTION 1 - "Standard" Package:
This test covers all known typical historical banking MINIMUM requirements for FHA and VA mortgages, but is the least thorough test option.
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" Package:
When a slightly higher level of testing is desired, this option is adequate when there are NO odor, taste or color issues and the well is modern and properly constructed (and there are no health issues in the household).
See comparison chart by clicking this link.

OPTION 3 - "Health" Package:
This option is especially important to choose when there ARE odor, taste, or color issues with the water, or if the physical condition of the well suggests inferior construction and/or maintenance. We highly recommend this option for finding most common water contaminants.
See comparison chart by clicking this link.

OPTION 4 - "Environmental" Package:
This is a very inclusive test, and should be considered if you're concerned about agricultural pollution.
See comparison chart by clicking this link.

OPTION 5 - "Advanced Environmental" Package:
This is the most inclusive test available, and should be considered if you're concerned about industrial or agricultural pollution.
See comparison chart by clicking this link.
(NOTE: This option will require a few extra days to schedule, as we do not carry this kit in stock at all times.)

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