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How Does the Tap Score Algorithm Work?

Developed by SimpleLab, the Tap Score algorithm evaluates the potential health, aesthetic, and plumbing effects of your lab-submitted water sample, providing a rigorous yet clear picture of your water quality...


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Is It Safe to Drink Your Water After a Hurricane?

How can hurricanes affect your water quality? With wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour, hurricanes blow over almost anything in their path, with short and long-term consequences for...

HPC Results - What Do They Mean?

What Do HPC Test Results Actually Mean?

While almost all pathogenic bacteria are heterotrophic, but not all heterotrophic bacteria are pathogenic. Subsequently, heterotrophic plate count (HPC) is an indicator of overall bacterial presence in your water, but...

What are NSF Certifications for Water Filters?

NSF Certifications Explained

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) is an independent product testing, inspection, and certification organization. One of the many functions of the NSF is to conduct testing and certification of water...

When is water safe to swim in?

When Is It Safe to Swim?—Staying Healthy and Safe in Recreational Waters

Whether you’re going to your local swimming pool or whitewater rafting on a nearby river, it’s important to know that the water is safe before you get in. Read this...

Should I Boil My Water Before Drinking?

Is Boiled Water Pure?

You may have heard that boiling your water will make it safer to drink. However, it’s important to know the facts about boiling your water before switching on the stove....

Health Effects of PFAS

The Health Effects of PFAS

PFAS (also known as "forever chemicals") are creating a modern-day “public health crisis”, and we are still discovering the full extent of their health effects. Read on for a summary...

Chlorine and Chloramine as Water Disinfection

Chlorine and Chloramine: Two Ways to Disinfect

Chlorine and chloramine are both used as disinfectants in drinking water. Read on to learn about the differences and how the disinfection byproducts formed through the use of chloramine differ...

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The Best Water Testing Kits of 2022

New York Times’ Wirecutter has named Tap Score the “best water quality test kit for your home”. Tap Score testing not only offers accurate results for over 1000+ contaminants, but...