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The Importance of Testing Your Water

A vile of water to be tested.

We all need water to survive.

No matter where you reside, be it a house in the suburbs or a high-rise apartment downtown, or even a rural cottage or farmhouse in the country, you deserve to enjoy clean and fresh water. That’s just the thing though, with water it’s so difficult to tell just how pure and clean it is. Unless it’s emitting a funky odour or is a bright green colour, chances are you won’t be able to notice if something is amiss. That’s where water testing comes into play. There are some great benefits to having your water tested, that can affect the quality of the components of your home, to the health of you and your family.

Let’s take a closer look at the importance of testing your water.

Hidden Impurities

As mentioned above, detecting the impurities in your drinking water is no easy feat. Most of these contaminants are invisible to the naked eye, especially since they are flowing through the tap water at an extremely fast rate.

Consuming some of these impurities once or twice might not present an issue, but having them flow through your tap on a daily basis can have a vast effect over time. Even if you’re sure that there isn’t anything wrong with your drinking water, how can you be sure? One of the best ways to get to the bottom of the issue is to have your water tested.

Luckily for you, Water Depot offers a simple and effective water testing service, free of charge! So, you can feel confident about the quality of water in your home, without breaking the bank. All you have to do is schedule an appointment over the phone, and we will take care of the rest.

Impurities in Drinking Water

Over time, impurities in your drinking water can affect the health and quality of living for you and your loved ones.

A water test can check for the following impurities:

  • Iron
  • Chlorine
  • Dissolved solids
  • Lead
  • coli
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Parasites

These contaminants, among the many others that can be identified in a water test, can affect the health of both you and your family after being consumed over a long period of time. For example, Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that exposure to lead can result in behavioural problems and learning disabilities in young children and other various health problems for adults.[i] You can learn more about lead in drinking water here.

Let’s take a closer look at chlorine in drinking water. Although it’s used to keep your water clean and safe for consumption, it does come along with some side effects. For instance, both the taste and smell can be compromised. This means that not only your water will be left with a funky aftertaste or smell, but your coffee, tea, juice, and all other beverages too.

Damaged Appliances

Over time, water filled with impurities can even have a negative effect on your appliances and fixtures. They can lead to clogged pipes, scale buildup, and corrosion, among other damages. Hard water, for example, can take a toll on your fixtures and appliances, as it has a high mineral content that usually consists of calcium and magnesium.

Simple & Effective Water Testing

The information in this article is merely an introduction to the effects that contaminated water can have on your quality of life and appliances. For a more in-depth explanation, or to find out if your water is clean and safe to drink, contact our experts at Water Depot today.

We have many locations throughout Southern Ontario that can help answer your questions – or even send a technician to your home for a free, no obligation water test! Not only that, if one of our friendly and experienced technicians discovers impurities in your water, they can help you explore the best and most cost-effective solutions to the problem.


[i] “About Lead in Drinking Water | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” [Online]. Retrieved from: [Accessed: 2017-12-13].