NanoCarb Information Sheet #0010051
A Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Water Test
Filtering and purifying water for human consumption means you are inhibiting physical and live elements from passing into and through your body when drinking water. Filter or become the filter is true. Here's a simple way for you to see for yourself at zero cost, most of the physical elements in your water.
- What you will need -
1 x Empty and clean glass or plastic container or jar.
1 x White sheet of paper (Background).
Find a convenient place to stand the background so that the water container can lean right against it. Try, as much as possible, to set the indoor lighting conditions to always be the same when you conduct the visual inspections.
You will need a clear straight edged water container of at least 1 to 1 1/2 liters. Clear glass is preferred but plastic is also OK if it is in good condition.
Make sure the container is clean, soap and sugar free. That means if you are using let's say some empty 1.5 liters coke bottle, you have to rinse it out with a dash of liquid soap and some hot water. On the inside of the screw on cap, there is a plastic seal that has to be removed and cleaned along with the cap. If not you will have sugar between the cap and the seal that could render any test less accurate.
If you are using a new bottled water container, then all you need to do is rinse and empty the bottle with 2 or 3 inches of water, 3 times.
You will need one white sheet of paper to ensure a constant background for your visual color inspections.
You can print out this page and use it to enter your findings.
Sampling will be at the kitchen faucet. First take off the spigot screen so as not to create any undue air mixing and then proceed as follows.
1) Run the cold water for at least 3 minutes at full flow.
2) While the flow is at full, place your container underneath and fill until the container is 2/3 full and cap it. Congratulations, you now have what we will hereinafter and happily call your "water sample".
Water sample draw date: __________________________mm/dd/yy.
Water sample draw time: __________________________hr/mm. AM___ PM ___
- Visual solids inspection #1 -
3) Now look at the floor of the sample to see if there are visible particles that have already settled or swirling around.
Do you see solids? Yes ___ No ___. Describe what you see. ___________________________________________
4) Now let the sample stand on the kitchen counter for at least 4 minutes so that the water ceases to move. Wipe the exterior of the sample container of any water.
- Visual color inspection #1 -
5) Now slowly place the sample against the background and look at the sample from an arms length distance.
Does the water have a color: Yes ___ No ___
If yes what color: _____________________________
If yes how dark is the color on a scale from 1 to 10: _____
- Visual turbidity inspection #1 -
6) Slowly take the container in your hands but try not to shake it. Hold it up so that it is facing a window (or go outside) and bring the container about 3-5 inches from your eyes towards the sky (cloudy or sunny but not directly towards the sun). Focus your vision to the center of the container and you should start to see if there are any tiny objects floating in the water but not actually settling to the bottom. Look at other parts of the container with the same visual focus.
Do you see any suspended solids? Yes ___ No ___
Desrcibe what you see. _____________________________________________________________________
Do you see filments or strandy objects? Yes ___ No ___ If yes, what color? _______________
Do you see specks or small dot type objects? Yes ___ No ___ If yes, what color? _______________
- Long term inspections -
7) Now you let the container sit on the counter for the next few days. The sample needs to rest. If there are metal ions, these will turn red, manganese ions will turn black, hyrdogen sulphide will turn black, and so on. You can have an endless mix of colors. Sometimes it could take up to 7 days for all changes to take effect with major changes occuring within the first hours to 3 days. If possible, during th is time, you can visually inspect the sample and note the date, time and changes you see by repeating steps 3, 5 and 6. If you have a digital camera, you can take pictures of the changes as required.
You can do this water test on any water source that you frequently use, either at home, the cottage or at work. Although the results cannot be quantified in terms of parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per litre (mg/l), this home test will enable you to better understand the effects of your water over time. You can also do a second test as above but on filtered or purified water to see the difference between your regular tap water.
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