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Old 05-31-2014, 12:39 AM   #1
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Water Analysis Labs

like to test our water system. any lab recommendations?
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Wow been full time for 6 years haven't tested anything yet'
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i might sound like a fool...
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What are your concerns?

Most of us just sanitise the whole water system once a year to never, fill with potable water, and use it for everything just as we do back home.

Or are you talking about testing your house water supply.
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County Health Department, would be a good start.
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County Health Department, would be a good start.
If not, they'll be able to give you the address of a certified lab that can do the work. Many times the county will do hardness and organics, but bacteriological testing will require a more advanced lab at the appropriate $$$$.
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thank all for your responses. i meant to test my rv water system, one to see if there are any harmful chemicals - from tank, tubing...) another to make sure no algae/molds/mildew, etc. i could sanitize it directly as it's an easy thing to do, but dw is worried about the consequences of bleach left in it (she has a chemical engineering degree so she sounds more conscious on that ... but could be an over reaction )
for oil, i normally send it to blackstone, i thought there might be such labs out there for water.
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If the MH has been used there is only a slight chance that there is residual chlorine (bleach) still in the tank. Resanitizing it would be a good idea, then you will have a starting point for a sanitary system.
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Most tests are separate charges. A couple of years ago a local facility was charging $20 for an e-coli test and $20 for a nitrate test and so on and so forth. Plastics type of testing would require a mass spectrometer now watch the price go up.
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looks like water testing is not like used oil analysis, a general test to tell all... maybe no market demand? or i should go for a sanitation...
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After a good rinse you would have less chlorine using bleach than chlorinated water from a city source. And it will clear your system(no pun intended).

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thank all for your responses. i meant to test my rv water system, one to see if there are any harmful chemicals - from tank, tubing...) another to make sure no algae/molds/mildew, etc. i could sanitize it directly as it's an easy thing to do, but dw is worried about the consequences of bleach left in it (she has a chemical engineering degree so she sounds more conscious on that ... but could be an over reaction )
for oil, i normally send it to blackstone, i thought there might be such labs out there for water.
Look at Watercheck (Watercheck - National Testing Labs - Home Water Testing).
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CountryFit, as a chemical engineer, your wife will also be familiar with chlorine depletion as it works to disinfect. A swimming pool test kit will easily and quickly monitor Cl- concentration. Imagine a bucket of water kept in your yard with a lid on it. Over a relatively short period of time the growth of algae will begin (actually just a couple of days). I know that in our dogs water bowl, it will get a little bit of slime growing in the bowl after just a couple of days, and it's kept in the house! So, if you send in a sample of water to test, it will change in the freshwater tank and lines before you could get the results back...!

I always sanitize my FW tank and lines prior to any trip where I anticipate using the water to drink, make ice cubes with, or brush our teeth in. That's just the reality of an RV, but I may be a little too cautious which I can live with. After soaking the system with a concentration of 2 oz of chlorine bleach per 10 gallons of capacity for 2-4 hours, I can drain the tank, refill and use like it was from my faucet in the house. Any residual Cl- left in the liquid is going to be used up after a few days, plus the city water that I fill the tank with has Cl- in it too. *Note: Three oz of bleach per 10 gal is approx. 100 ppm Cl-, and the EPA recommends as much as 200 ppm for this purpose.

As I use the water in my FW tank and refill on a trip, it is good for months with the influx of fresh water (which is also probably treated with Cl- by the city supplying it). It does seem to be a waste of time and money to "test" a constantly changing water source environment. Suggest you just treat it and concentrate on having fun, knowing that your water system is sanitized.
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