Essential City Water Test

$ 129.00

Essential City Water Test

This is an important level of baseline water quality testing recommended by SimpleWater. It includes Tap Score reporting for the metals and general contaminants most commonly found in household tap water.





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What does this test for?

testing by a certified lab

A note from our Environmental Science Director:

There are more than 160,000 public water systems in the USA. Each can be dramatically different from another in terms of size, source water quality, treatment engineering, distribution and public relations management. Moreover, the water quality within any one water system will also vary significantly for every customer due to distance, piping age and connection type.

Looking for something that's not part of this package? We can test for hundreds of contaminants. Browse our specialized testing packages or Contact Us.

This package includes testing for:

toxic metals that dissolve into drinking water measure the concentration of chlorine in your water

Alkalinity, Calcium, Chloride, Hardness, LSI, pH, Sodium, and Total Dissolved Solids: Important general indicators of your water's health. These are also important when selecting treatment.

Lead: Enters your tap water while in contact with the pipes and fixtures leading up to your faucet. Lead is an extremely toxic heavy metal that should not be ingested in any amount by children or adults.

Copper: Although less toxic than lead, Copper is more commonly detected in water samples since it is is the primary material in more than 95% of US home plumbing.

Cadmium: Often leaches from deteriorating pipes and also frequently found near industrial contamination. Cadmium is known to build up in human kidneys and recent toxicological data suggests it may be as harmful as lead.

Arsenic & Chromium: Highly toxic and frequently detected in both groundwater wells and water utilities . Arsenic is arguably the most difficult and expensive problem facing small and large water utilities nationwide. The high cost of treatment means some water systems can't afford to remove these entirely.

Uranium & Strontium: Uranium and strontium are frequently detected in trace amounts in water systems and wells. When detected in larger concentrations they can be a hazard to human health.

Mercury: Monitored by the EPA, Mercury has been recognized to potentially cause brain and kidney damage from chronic exposure in drinking water. The most common sources of mercury come from human activity and industrial waste.

Nitrate: Nitrate most often appears in shallow wells and water systems near agricultural production. Nitrate has a number of harmful effects on the human body including 'blue baby syndrome'.

Barium: Associated with oil & gas operations and commonly found in wells.

Fluoride: Many customers are concerned about the fluoride water systems add to US drinking water for dental hygiene. In the right amounts it can protect our teeth, too much can be harmful. Many don't know that fluoride can also come from industrial contamination.

Iron, Nickel, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sulfate, and Zinc: Elements found in drinking water that cause foul taste and can be problematic at high concentrations. More than 18% of Americans are allergic to nickel, many of whom don’t know it.

Aluminum, Antimony, Beryllium, Boron, Lithium, Molybdenum, Phosphorous, Selenium, Silver, Thallium, Titanium, Tin, Vanadium : Other contaminants that are not often found in drinking water but are easily tested together with the others above.

Testing for chlorine and chloramine at home

The most sensible way to test your chlorine levels is with self-testing. Chlorine is a very volatile chemical (it evaporates quickly) and properly measuring chlorine in the lab requires expensive shipping methods and refrigeration. In order to give you a cost-effective measurement of your home's chlorine levels your package includes a FREE chlorine test strip. The strip we send you will show Total Chlorine and Free Chlorine in your water, from which the presence of Chloramine can also be derived.

What you get

When testing is complete, you will receive a Tap Score Water Quality Report including a comprehensive analysis of all test results, health impacts, treatment options, and household water appliance risks. If all you want is the raw result data, we can do that too. This mini-tour highlights some of what makes Tap Score unique. Click here for a full example report.

Executive summary

Understand the meaning of your results in one quick glance. Can you rest easy or is there something to be concerned about?

Health analysis

The report summarizes the most trustworthy research available on the potential health effects of each contaminant detected.

What to do next

If you need it, our legendary treatment support team makes unbiased recommendations for the products that can treat the contaminants found in your water. In this example, the test results showed high arsenic, lead, and sodium from a salt-based softener.

Pipes and plumbing

Whether or not something is in your water that can affect your health, we let you know if your pipes and appliances are also in the clear.

Who is this for?

This package is designed for customers who:

  • Are served by a water utility they have doubts about.
  • Live in a home built before 1986 or an area served by old infrastructure.
  • Have young children or other vulnerable individuals in their home.
advanced laboratory water quality testing for utility customers

How it works

photo of tap score box with vials in lab

Testing packages include sterilized water sampling vials, return shipping label, testing instructions, sample information card, and foam padding for the contents.

Once the lab receives your box, your personalized Tap Score Report will arrive by email within 10 business days.

Bacteria and other add-ons

Coliform Bacteria

Some things can be reliably tested at home. Tap Score customers can include any of these high quality self-testing kits inside their Tap Score package.

Informational testing

By default, this broad-based chemical and biological water quality screening package is designed to provide you with general information about your water for personal use. Each report includes analysis for specific numerical concentration levels of each contaminant and details about the potential sources and health effects associated with each parameter. We are not medical doctors and Tap Score does not provide medical advice. For medical concerns always consult your doctor. As an informational water quality test, this package is not meant for state or federal compliance water testing. If you or your organization requires compliance with State or Federal Law, or compliance with a particular regulatory requirement then you must contact our support team and we will use the appropriate certified laboratory facilities to ensure your compliance testing requirements are met. For more information about Tap Score informational testing and certification options click here.