WATER TESTING

The first step to understanding your water is to have it tested.

Getting a water test is the most effective way to identify irregularities in the water inside your home or business. Though the water from your tap might taste, smell or look fine – what you can’t see with the naked eye might be microscopic contaminants that alter the quality of your water. From an overabundance of metals like zinc and copper, to devastating chemicals in trace amounts – like mercury or arsenic – your water is often more than just pure oxygen and hydrogen. We highly recommend checking the water quality in your area and testing your drinking water. Understanding what is in your water allows us to design a system that is perfectly tailored to your needs. (For more information on the water in your area, check out our location pages here.)

Water Testing Options

Testing your water is quick and simple. One of our skilled technicians will come and collect a sample for analysis and we get it sent to the laboratory on the same day. We have three options for tests: on-site, bacteria, and full spec.

On-Site: We are able to do a quick on-site test to identify measurements for hardness, TDS, copper, iron, pH, sulfide, and chlorine. You will receive these results the day of your appointment.

Bacteria: The bacteria test we perform checks for E. coli and coliform. These samples are dropped off locally and results are received within 2-3 business days. 

Full Spec: This is our most comprehensive water test. It tests for 87 contaminants including heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. You will receive an in-depth report that compares your results with national EPA standards. These results can take four to six weeks.

FAQ's

What are the benefits of choosing Aspen WaterWise for water testing?

Aspen WaterWise is the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier water treatment and purification company for over 35 years. You can trust that we perform all necessary tests with the utmost attention to detail in order to provide you the most effective, custom water treatment system for your needs.

Why is water testing important for my health?

We all know water is critical to life; nearly 60% of our body is made up of water and the most abundant molecule in our cells is water – accounting for 70% or more of total cell mass. Equally important is the quality of water we consume. We consume water from drinking and cooking as well as absorb it into our skin when showering and bathing. Water is referred to as the “universal solvent” because it is capable of dissolving more substances than any other liquid. As such, it can carry with it many diseases, bacteria, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and other materials that can be detrimental to our health. Contaminated water (especially well water that has not been treated and tested by a municipality) can cause both short and long-term illnesses from exposure. The bacteria and nitrates in well water may cause temporary sickness like stomach issues, diarrhea, and nausea. Continuous exposure over time can lead to chronic problems like anemia, high blood pressure, and cancer. The many chemicals and foreign substances present in contaminated water can cause serious health issues which are avoidable with the right water system.

Why is water testing important for my home or business?

Testing water hardness is a quick and easy way to help you make an informed decision on a water treatment system for your home. Limescale, the term that refers to hard water buildup from calcium and magnesium, can wreak havoc on the plumbing and appliances in your home and office. The most visible effect of hard water is the buildup and spotting you see on your dishes, shower and fixtures. You will also experience dry skin and hair. When limescale builds up in your pipes, over time the buildup restricts water flow leading to reduced water pressure. Hot water speeds up the buildup process because heating water causes a small degree of evaporation, leaving behind a higher concentration of minerals. This directly affects your water heater and leads to decreased efficiency and increased energy bills. Depending on the age of your home and plumbing, you may have corroding pipes that leach lead and copper into your water system.

How often should I have my water tested?

For those customers who are on a well, we recommend testing for bacteria annually. For those customers on city water, a water test is recommended every 3-5 years to ensure no changes to your water.

What contaminants can water testing detect?

A water test is meant to identify any bacteria or analytes present that are harmful to you or your home. Depending on your geolocation you are susceptible to different bacteria, metals, organic and inorganic chemicals, disinfectants and disinfection byproducts in your soil. These are undetectable without a laboratory test. Our tests check from E. coli, coliform and 87 of these analytes mentioned above. Urbanization, population growth, agricultural practices, river modifications, and recreation can all affect water quality and contribute to what’s found in your water. This is a great article to read more about Colorado’s water pollutants.

Is it necessary to hire a professional to test my water?

At Aspen WaterWise, all of our technicians are trained to collect, store and ship the water samples properly. This ensures the integrity of the water samples for testing. Hiring a professional to test your water ensures you are pulling your sample from the proper source. In addition, you will know your hardness, TDS (total dissolved solids), pH, chlorine, copper and iron on the spot.

How do I interpret the results of a water test?

You will receive an in-depth report that compares your results with the national EPA standards. We will contact you to discuss the findings and to recommend a custom system to meet your specific needs.

Why would I need my water tested if I'm on municipal water?

Water should always be tested for private well water, but homes on a public water supply will also benefit from a water test. There is no way to know what is in your water simply by looking at it. Water can be clear and odorless and still contain an array of contaminants. Municipal water is typically treated with chlorine which has the potential to cause illness with chronic exposure. Every home is different as well, and your home may have heavy metals leaching into your water from old plumbing and appliances.