water in Jacksonville safe to drink? That's a question that
can only be answered through water testing. The water may
look clean, but do you reallyknow what's in it? 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 often
end up in the ground water and wells. Chemicals can also 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, there are still
many miles of pipes between your home and the public source.
Many homes still have water pipes joined with lead solder,
and that lead can sometimes contaminate the water in your
home. Despite government mandated routine testing, it may
be prudent for you to have your own water tested as a precaution.
Per the State of Florida, 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
A NOTE ABOUT WATER TESTING FOR VA AND FHA MORTGAGES:
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 (Option 1 at
right) which covers all known lending requirements. If your
mortgage company requires specific samples for water testing
that are different than our standard package, 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 package includes.
All samples must meet strict
collection criteria, and may only be collected before
3 PM. Samples are
shipped overnight to a lab for processing.
Call for pricing & details:
We have 5
Water Testing Packages to choose from >>>>
For a comparison
chart of what each package includes, click
OPTION 1 -
"Standard" Water Testing Package:
This package is specfically designed to cover all known
MINIMUM banking requirements (including FHA and VA mortgages).
This option 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 most contaminants that can affect your
OPTION 2 - "Comprehensive" Water
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).
OPTION 3 -
"Health" Water Testing 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.)
OPTION 4 -
"Environmental" Water Testing Package:
This is a very inclusive package. Consider this
test if you're concerned about current or old dumps/landfills,
or industrial/agricultural pollution.
OPTION 5 -
"Advanced Environmental" Water Testing Package:
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 plate count).