Water Testing

Testing your water should be done regularly to find out if there are any dangerous contaminants in your drinking water. It’s important to ensure that your water is safe for it’s intended use, especially when it’s used for drinking by humans or animals.

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Is Your Water Safe?

The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested at a certified laboratory. Harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so even if your water looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink. These microbes can exist in surface and groundwater supplies, and can cause immediate sickness in humans if not properly treated.

Certain chemical contaminants that are sometimes found in a water source can cause long term health problems that take years to develop. Frequent water testing will identify unsafe water and ensure that the treatment system is treating the water to a satisfactory level.

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Common Contaminants In Drinking Water

Arsenic Contamination

The source of this contaminant could be anything from pesticides, wood preservatives, leaching from a natural deposit, and coal power plants. Arsenic in water could lead to skin cancer, serious skin problems, infections in Lung, Bladder, and Kidney.

Treatment Method Used:

Manganese Greensand Filter, Distillation, Reverse Osmosis(RO)

Microbial Contaminants

Organic contaminants can’t always be seen, taste or smell. microbial contaminants such as E. Coli Cryptosporidium, and Giardia. These contaminants can cause flu-like symptoms and gastrointestinal problems.

Treatment Method Used:

Chlorination, UV light and Ozone.

Mercury Contamination

The major source of mercury is from natural degassing of the earth’s crust. On a chronic basis, mercury has the potential to cause kidney damage from long-term exposure. Treatment Method Used: Distillation, Reverse Osmosis, GAC filters (solid block and pre-coat), Sub-micron filters properly designed with adsorption media

Ammonia Pollution

Possible sources are disinfection with chloramines, waste, fertilizers, and natural processes. As of right now, there is no study on its harmful effects on humans but it can be toxic for aquatic animals.

Treatment Methods Used:

Regular Water Filtration Systems

What Kind Of Tests Do We Offer?

These are some of the tests that we perform at our local laboratory.
  • Basic water potability
    Include tests for coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH, sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulphate, iron, manganese, total dissolved solids, and hardness.
  • Coliform bacteria
    Indicate the presence of microorganisms in the water that are potentially harmful to human health.
  • Nitrate
    A common contaminant found mainly in groundwater. High nitrate concentrations can be particularly dangerous for babies under six months, since nitrate interferes with the ability of blood to carry oxygen.
  • Ions
    Ions such as sodium, chloride, sulphate, iron, and manganese can impart objectionable taste or odor to water.
  • Sulfate
    Excessive amounts of sulfate can have a laxative effect or cause gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Fluoride
    Fluoride is an essential micro-nutrient, but excessive amounts can cause dental problems.
  • Total dissolved solids
    Represent the amount of inorganic substances (i.e. sodium, chloride, sulphate) that are dissolved in the water. High total dissolved solids (TDS) can reduce the palatability of water.
  • Additional testing
    Other tests may be appropriate if a particular contaminant is suspected in the water. For instance, groundwater sources are sometimes tested for arsenic, selenium, and uranium. Both surface and groundwater sources may also be tested for pesticide contamination.
Note that it is important to test your drinking water at the tap and at the source. Testing both will help you determine if your treatment system is performing correctly and if the quality of your source water has changed.

Types of Water Filters

We have been improving the water experience of Minnesota residents for over 50 years with water softeners and water filtration systems. With products from Range Water Conditioning, you’ll have the treated water you need, when you need it. High-performance resin conditions your water with prime effectiveness. And our systems are easy and economical to use, simple to service and maintain.

Water Softener Systems

Minnesota has some very hard water and extremely high levels of iron. Thankfully, these water problems don’t pose a health risk, but they do create problems with plumbing, appliances, clothes, and glassware. Which costs you money. Water softeners soften the hard water and can help you save money on your water usage, extend the life of your dishwasher, washing machine and other water-based appliances. Soft water also makes your clothing whiter, brighter and less scratchy.

Iron Filtration Systems

Iron Filtration Systems remove iron as well as manganese and sulfur from your water supply. This means no more rotten egg smell or rust stains. Another key benefit is the removal of sediment that can lead to poor tasting water. This provides an excellent benefit to those with well water as well.

Whole House Water Filters & Reverse Osmosis

There are all types of unwanted elements that can show up in your water. These are specialized products for your home water treatment system that offer specific filtration processes for when you require a bit more than a water softener.

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