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Barberton Drinking Water Analysis Results

I recently took it upon my self to purchase a few high-end water analysis kits to test my homes water. I had every intention of submitting a few water samples to a reputable water testing laboratory. After the tests came back, I decided not to go the extra mile as the test results were satisfying. I want to share these test results just for reference.

I conducted the tests on February 22, 2019, in the area if the presidency streets on the east side. The criteria included ten individual tests that are listed below with their result and EPA Standard in parentheses.

Test Results

  • Total Hardness = 125 ppm (< 50 ppm )
  • Total Chlorine = .5 ppm ( < 3 ppm )
  • Alkalinity = 80 ppm ( < 180 ppm )
  • pH = 7 ( 6.5 – 8.5 )
  • Nitrite = 0 ppm ( < 1 ppm )
  • Nitrate = 1 ppm ( < 10 ppm )
  • Copper = 0.6 ppm ( < 1.3 ppm  )
  • Iron = 0.3 ppm ( < .3 ppm )
  • Total Coliform Bacteria = NEG
  • Pesticide (Atrazine / Simazine) = NEG RESULT but had traces under the acceptable amount (< 3 ppg)
  • Lead = NEG RESULT but had traces under the acceptable amount ( < 15 ppb )

At the end of the day, our water comes from an open lake. I am confortable saying that Barberton water (at least at my home) is within the requirements of the EPA and I feel safe drinking it.

So why did I share this?

I think it is essential to share information like this. Our water supply is undoubtedly the most treasured resource we have as a city. It is also imperative to realize that our water is safe.

I know these tests can get a bit pricy. The kits I used were $50 for each testing kit, but there are other tests that that are cheaper and only test for the nasty stuff. The EPA suggests testing your home every year for at least Coliform Bacteria and Lead (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/2005_09_14_faq_fs_homewatertesting.pdf).