Water Filter Update
The results are in: our water’s fine. And since it tastes fine, too, no filter’s necessary.
- Lead: Negative
- Bacteria: Negative
- Pesticides: Negative
- Nitrates: .5 ppm (very low)
- Nitrites: 0 ppm
- pH: 10 (very high)
- Hardness: 120 ppm (very high)
- Chlorine: 2 ppm (low)
We used a Watersafe kit to test it. In addition to the lead and bacteria tests, the kit included tests for things that I wasn’t really worried about, like pesticides and nitrates/nitrites (not lot of farms around here) and hardness, pH, and chlorine (which really only affect the taste and your pipes).
The City of Cambridge mails us water quality reports every year, so the only thing I really wondered about was lead. Since that can come from the pipes in your house, it wouldn’t show up on the city’s report. Probably not a large problem anymore, but it’s good to be sure.
All in all, I’m glad we tested our water. Now, instead of wasting our money on filters that then get thrown away every few months, we can be comfortable with it as is. And the test only cost $18 (including shipping), less than a three-pack of Brita filters. Maybe I should test our water at work, too….