Water Test Information
For the average homeowner we recommend the following tests:
- “Kitsap 5” (per County Health Dept.) iron, manganese, conductivity, chlorides, and nitrates: $167.50
- coliform: 31.00
- arsenic: 35.00
- copper: 29.00
- lead: 35.00
- chlorides: 32.50
Our minimum charge is $60 for Bainbridge Island service call plus the individual test fee (K-5 fee includes fee for service call). Off-Island service call charge depends on distance travelled. Payment at time of service call is required. Test results within 10 working days.
Iron & manganese are considered “aesthetic” constituents because although the health risk is minimal, their presence in water can cause staining of household porcelain (sinks, toilets), as well as odor problems.
Conductivity is affected by the presence or absense of potential contaminants. For example, a failing sewage system would raise the conductivity because of the presence of chloride, phosphate, and nitrate
Chlorides – an indicator of saltwater intrusion into the aquifer
Nitrates – commonly associated with fertilizer run-off. Potential health hazards.
Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria, such as e-coli, may be present.
Arsenic. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the “MCL” (“maximum contaminant limit,” an action level established by the EPA) over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Copper*. Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson's Disease should consult their personal doctor.
Lead*. Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.
*Copper and lead traces are sometimes detected in older homes, built prior to 1960, with copper pipes and lead solder