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Montgomery County

Free Water Test: Montgomery County

If you knew what was in your water, you’d do something about it.

Homes in and around Potomac, including those in Travilah, Rockville, Bethesda, and Glen Hills, receive treated municipal water through the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).
There are thousands of potential contaminants that can be found in typical municipal water systems, and only a portion of these are actively regulated. In fact, there are only approximately 90 contaminants that have established primary standards.
There are so many contaminants that it’s hard for water treatment plants to keep up. So, while your water quality meets regulations, that doesn’t mean it can be considered clean. Water is susceptible to contamination even after leaving the municipal treatment facility. The only way to truly know what is in your water is to have it tested. 



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Beyond the Utility System

Water treatment plants do their job of meeting EPA quality standards for water at the time it leaves the plant. But, that’s where the control stops. There are a range of factors that can affect the water quality and contaminant level as it makes its way from the utility lines to your faucets. 

It’s time to test your home’s water to find out what your family is drinking. 

Chlorine and Heavy Metals

Water treatment plants use chlorine to prevent microbial contamination. The safety of chlorine use for disinfection is becoming an increasing public concern, not to mention it’s objectionable taste. The resulting byproducts of chlorine use, trihalomethanes (THMs), are linked to adverse health issues.

This is only one category of contaminant in a list of many including arsenic, chromium, lead, and pharmaceuticals. 

Homeowner’s Responsibility

We’ve tested enough household water systems to know that you never know what’s in one until it’s tested. And until you know, you can’t be sure of what’s in the water you drink, cook with, clean with and bathe in.
Some problems from contaminants in water are simple irritants. From stains to mild odors, soap scum and spotty dishes, these issues are annoying but not necessarily dangerous.
But more serious dangers exist in all municipal water systems, and as long as the local water system complies with regulations for contaminant levels, it is the homeowners responsibility to ensure that water coming from the faucet is safe to use.

Know What You’re Drinking

We make it as easy as it can be for you to know what’s in your water. While you can spend $25 on a water test kit that you purchase from a local hardware store, we can send a qualified technician to test your water on-site at no cost, and with the expertise of a “certified lab” behind it. There’s absolutely no obligation, and you’ll have the results immediately.

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