Today, I got an interesting call… This caller claims to be “The American Water Quality Association”, wants to test my water and offers a $100 target or walmart gift card. After asking them if they were the “Water Quality Association” they said no, but they test water in the area. I personally am in the water filter business, so I played stupid, and she asked if I had a water filter. I said yes, and told her which type of system I had. She then said, ok, then our test won’t work for you and you can disregard the call.
If they call again, I will invite then over to do a water test to find out who they are and expose their deceptive company! This kind of company are the ones who give legitimate company’s a bad rap!
PLEASE do not let any company come into your house to “test” your water. They are only looking to rip you off. Especially a deceptive company that calls themself “The American Water Quality Association”. (not to be confused with the actual “water quality association“). Buyer beware!
The following article will give you more tips on protecting yourself.
If you have concerns that your drinking water is unsafe and you are on a public water system, contact your local water system officials (those who send you a water bill if you are on a public water system). Ask for the latest complete analysis of the water. Ask what the results mean.
If you have a well, your local health department can test your water or tell you who to send it to for testing.
If you still want to have other tests done on your water, there are several options you may exercise. For a bacterial test, contact your county health department office. Charges for a bacterial test range from $10 to $50 dollars. To test for chemical contamination, contact your local water system or a certified laboratory. Private testing laboratories are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone book; make sure they are certified by the state health department. Tests for chemical contaminants range from $10 to several hundred dollars.
Invest time reading about water quality and health “risk” factors. Understand the difference between harmful “contaminants” and the minerals commonly found in our water supply that pose no health risks. Such information can be quite enlightening.
In summary, learn what home water treatment systems can (and cannot) do so you can evaluate what a seller is promising. Asking a lot of questions is okay! Asking for additional information is okay! Asking to have another testing agency verify the results is okay! It is okay to be skeptical! You are much better off not buying than spending your money for something that may have limited or no benefits.