According to SimpleWater Recommendations, which are based on guidelines established by Federal and State agencies as well as leading academic research, the water samples you provided for testing demonstrate your water quality is Moderate. This means your sample contained at least one harmful contaminant in excess of health recommendations, or a variety of smaller hazards. Please review your Report and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Advanced City Water Test
Ordered May 22, 2018
SimpleWater's health risks analysis compares your sample’s contaminant levels to the latest publicly available toxicological and epidemiological research. This is done in order to give you a clear idea of what potential risks may be in your water. Click on each contaminant to learn more about its known health impacts and potential sources. This analysis should not be taken as professional health advice.
GOOD - You're In The Clear
If your result is to the left of the middle line it means we detected this contaminant but at a concentration that is not known to cause health problems for healthy adults.
ELEVATED - Approximate Risk Factor < 1 in 100,000
Drinking water contaminated at this level is not immediately concerning but is worthwhile monitoring since concentrations may vary over time and there may be a small long term health risk.
MODERATE - Approximate Risk Factor > 1 in 100,000
Drinking water contaminated at this level over several years is thought to pose a moderate health risk. If you drink this water frequently it's worth considering treatment.
HIGH - Approximate Risk Factor > 1 in 10,000
Drinking water contaminated at this level over several years is thought to pose a significant health risk that should not be ignored. We do not recommend drinking this water without treatment.
VERY HIGH - Approximate Risk Factor > 1 in 1,000
Drinking water water contaminated at this level is thought to pose a high risk to your health. If possible, other water sources should be used or appropriate water treatment should be installed.
What do diagonal lines mean?
Simply, they mean that any concentration of this contaminant is potentially harmful.
A measure of your water's acidity / basicity. In water with a low pH you may experience a bitter metallic taste and see corrosion. In water at high pH you may experience "slippery" water with a soda taste and find deposits on your fixtures.
Determined by the properties of minerals dissolved in your water. It's a measure of your water's capacity to resist changes to pH. Strongly alkaline water has an objectionable taste which resembles baking soda.
TDS is a measurement of all the Total Dissolved Solids we found in your water. Some contaminants raise your TDS, while others do not. Water containing high TDS will often smell bad and taste bitter, salty or metallic.
Mostly representative of the calcium and magnesium in your water. Hard water may cause an unpleasant taste in your water and is known to leave residues on water fixtures, be harmful to your pipes and make it difficult to form bubbles when using soaps.
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At moderate concentrations iron will give water an unpleasant metallic taste. Less than 1 PPM of iron may cause reddish brown stains on your water fixtures and clothing.
Calcium has its own taste receptors on your tongue. A high concentration can taste bitter or sour. Some people enjoy the flavor it imparts on their water, but too much of it contributes to hardness and can form scale in your pipes.
While magnesium can make your water taste better, too much of it can contribute to hard water and form scale in your pipes.
You may notice a metallic taste and brownish-red color above 50 PPB. High levels of manganese can stain fixtures and clothing.
The Langelier Saturation Index is calculated based on your sample's chemistry and is assuming cold water. It's used as an indicator of the corrosive or scale forming potential of your water.
For an exhaustive list of all the parameters tested in your sample, check the "Your full results" section toward the end of your report.
It is known to cause kidney, liver and central nervous system problems in animals. The Department of Health and Human Services has described bromodichloromethane as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen," however no human studies have yet proven this in drinking water.
Bromodichloromethane is a disinfection byproduct from the trihalomethane (THM) family. It is commonly formed when chlorine, chloramines or other common water treatment disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in water. It was also formerly used as solvent, medicine (sedative), flame retardant.
Long term exposure to high levels of chloroform in drinking water can cause harm to the kidneys, liver, developmental system, and central nervous system.
Chloroform is a disinfection byproduct from the trihalomethane (THM) family. It is formed when chlorine, chloramines or other common water treatment disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in your source water. It has also been used as a solvent and as a reagent in the production of dyes and pesticides.
High levels of fluoride in drinking water can cause bone disease and dental fluorosis.
Fluoride in drinking water is commonly eroded from natural deposits; used as a fertilizer, used in aluminum industries and also commonly added to public drinking water as an additive to protect teeth.
Short term effects of arsenic exposure include skin discoloration, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Long term effects include heart, lung, liver, immune, nervous system and reproductive disorders, diabetes and cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, liver and prostate.
Arsenic is a common element in the earth's crust and unfortunately, quite toxic to humans. Natural erosion of arsenic from soil and rock is the most common pathway for arsenic to get into drinking water. It is also produced as waste runoff from orchards, metals production and electronics production wastes.
Laboratory testing detected significant concentrations of one or several potentially harmful contaminants in your drinking water sample. SimpleWater has vetted the following high quality water treatment products for the removal or reduction of these contaminants.
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We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contaminant reduction claims listed for each product. Water treatment is a complicated topic and we are here to help. Contact us for help from a water treatment professional.
Based on your reported testing location of:
New York, NY
This is some information about nearby water systems that may be useful when considering ongoing risks to your drinking water.
1 Water Systems Serving new york County, NY
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