Advanced City Water Testing
Designed for customers paying a water bill to a local utility. This package covers a wide range of potential threats that water systems sometimes miss, and some they can't catch.
US infrastructure has been chronically under-funded for decades. Because of this many water systems have resorted to shortcuts in testing and treatment. These shortcuts sometimes leave utility customers with contaminated water. Even if water leaving the treatment plant is clean, it takes a 3-7 day journey to your home through a network of aging pipes that sometimes introduces new contaminants into your water.
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.
- Want to check for chemicals from plastic pipes.
- Are concerned about over-chlorination and the resulting chemicals.
What does this test for▾
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.
All testing is performed with EPA certified testing methods. This package includes testing for:
8 General Characteristics
Alkalinity (as CaCO3), Color, Conductivity, Hardness, Odor, Total Dissolved Solids, pH
Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Calcium, Cerium, Chromium (Total), Copper, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Thallium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc
Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Chloroform, Dibromochloromethane
Boron, Chloride, Cobalt, Fluoride, Nitrate (as N), Sulfate
Alachlor, Atrazine, Carbofuran, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Lindane, Methoxychlor, Toxaphene
PCB 1061, PCB 1221, PCB 1232, PCB 1242, PCB 1248, PCB 1254, PCB 1260, PCB 1262, Trifluralin
1,1,1,2 Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,1 Trichloroethane, 1,1,2,2 Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2 Trichloroethane, 1,1 Dichloroacetone, 1,1 Dichloroethane, 1,1 Dichloroethylene, 1,1 Dichloropropene, 1,2,3 Trichlorobenzene, 1,2,3 Trichloropropane, 1,2,4 Trichlorobenzene, 1,2,4 Trimethylbenzene, 1,2 Dibromo 3 chloropropane, 1,2 Dichlorobenzene, 1,2 Dichloroethane, 1,2 Dichloropropane, 1,3,5 Trimethylbenzene, 1,3 Dichlorobenzene, 1,3 Dichloropropane , 1,4 Dichlorobenzene, 1 Chlorobutane, 2,2 Dichloropropane, 2 Hexanone, 2 Nitropropane, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 3 Amino 1,2,4 triazole, 4,4 DDD, 4,4 DDE, 4,4 DDT, 4 Methyl 2 Pentanone, Acetone, Allyl Chloride, Benzene, Bromobenzene, Bromochloromethane, Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Bromomethane, Carbon Disulfide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chlorobenzene, Chloroethane, Chloroform, Chloromethane, Chlorotoluene 2, Chlorotoluene 4, cis 1,2 Dichloroethylene, cis 1,3 Dichloropropene, Dibromochloromethane, Dichloroflouromethane, Dichloromethane, Diethyl ether, Endrin, Ethylbenzene, Ethyl Methacrylate, Hexachlorobenzene, Hexachlorobutadiene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Hexachloroethane, Hexane, Isopropylbenzene, Methyl Acrylate, Methyl acrylonitrile, Methylene bromide, Methyl Iodide, Methyl Methacrylate, Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, m,p Xylene, Naphthalene, n Butylbenzene, Nitrobenzene, n Propylbenzene, o Xylene, Pentachloroethane, p Isopropyltoluene, Propionitrile, sec Butylbenzene, Simazine, Styrene, tert Butylbenzene, Tetrachloroethylene, Tetrahydrofuran, Toluene, trans 1,2 Dichloroethylene, trans 1,3 Dichloropropene, Trichloroethylene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Vinyl Chloride, Xylenes (Total)
Frequently asked questions▾
What do I do if my score is low? I can't change my water system!
After an in-home water test, you can make the right decision about the costs and benefits of treatment. Many treatment companies will otherwise offer expensive products that are drastic overkill or just overpriced. To help you avoid this pitfall we give you our unbiased treatment product recommendations, matching contaminants in your Tap Score Report to affordable, high quality treatment products specifically tailored for your needs.
How often do people in public water systems find nasty stuff in their water?
More often than you’d expect. Surprisingly, the proportion of customers with city water that find a potential health hazard in their water is only slightly smaller than for customers with unregulated well water.
Is this test overkill? What is it protecting me from?
This level of testing is especially worthwhile to perform if you are noticing a sudden change in your water’s taste or smell. Many customers who choose the advanced test also have a new baby in the home or on the way. If someone has chronic health issues and drinks the water regularly it may also be wiser choice. Many Tap Score customers have been referred to us by a doctor after blood tests have shown unusual results.
The Advanced City Water Test covers all the health hazards in the Essential test, plus includes analysis of plastics, volatile organic compounds and disinfection byproducts. These compounds form in distribution pipes after water leaves the treatment facility.
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.
This is an Activation purchase for a Tap Score Package. It requires that you already have the box and sampling materials on hand. Your samples will be tested for the parameters you activate for.