Lead and other heavy metals in drinking water are a huge health hazard. Testing your water for lead and other heavy metals commonly found in drinking water can help to identify and eradicate this hazard, which is especially great for babies, young children and pregnant women. The presence of heavy metals in tap water is a more common problem that most people think, and this is due to the misconception that the drinking water that comes out of our taps is strictly regulated. This is only partially true: our drinking water is strictly monitored according to the Water Supply Regulations. This guarantees that the water supplied to the consumer is safe. However, this strict regulation ends at the consumer's water meter, and the journey from the meter to the tap is a long one. Home owners are responsible for the quality of the drinking water that eventually ends up in the consumers' taps. For more information on this, click here.
Test your water and gain peace of mind: water testing for heavy metals
The Heavy Metals Test examines the following parameters:
Lead in water is generally a health concern. If heavy metals are ingested continuously over a long period of time, the effects often go unnoticed. However, the slow process by which lead is released into drinking water has long-term consequences. Lead has been proven to affect the intellectual development of children, bone formation and organ function, and thus young women, pregnant women and parents of young children in particular should know if their tap water contains lead. The most common source of lead in tap water is lead piping in home plumbing systems.
Copper in drinking water can also cause adverse health effects. More often than we think, copper poisoning can be traced back to the contamination of household pipes.
Iron should not be ingested in higher concentrations either, because this may also lead to significant health problems.
Nickel can enter our drinking water through chrome-plated fittings, for example. Nickel does not only pose a health threat to those allergic to it, but regular absorption of nickel via the respiratory tract has been linked to the formation of lung tumours.
Kidney damage, bone alterations and even stomach aches with vomiting may be caused by ingesting too much cadmium. In the long term, organ damage may also occur.
Electrical conductivity is an important indicator parameter.
The pH value indicates if the drinking water is acidic, neutral or alkaline. If it is acidic or alkaline, further testing is needed as this may point to contamination. Moreover, if water is acidic or alkaline, pipes may be damaged, harmful legionella can multiply and various skin diseases may arise.
Heavy Metals Test - drink your tap water safely
The water test for heavy metals gives you peace of mind, quickly and reliably. Even if the drinking water supplied to us by water companies complies with UK drinking water standards and is safe and clean, this doesn't mean that it stays like this all the way to the tap. Therefore it is important to have the water tested for heavy metals, especially if people with weak immune systems are living in the household or children/infants are drinking the water supplied. The health effects are all too often underestimated.
Relevant posts in the IVARIO drinking water magazine:
Why it's so important to have your tap water tested
These heavy metals can be found in your drinking water
Your own pipes can be a hazard
Attention: To rule out the presence of other heavy metals in your drinking water, we recommend our Combined Test. For more information, click here. Please note that this test for heavy metals does not provide any information on harmful legionella pathogens. You can request the Legionella Test here.
Don't know which test is right for you? You can find a comparison of our test kits here.