- Detects Atrazine and Simazine – 2 of the Most Common Pesticides in the US
- According to EPA, Pesticide Contamination in Water is a Serious Potential Health Hazard
- Highly Recommended for Well Water Supply
- Visible Results in 10 Minutes
- No Additional Instrumentation Required
PurTest Pesticides in Water Test Kit includes:
- 1 Pesticide test strip
- 1 Test vial
- 1 Dropper pipette
- 1 Desiccant packet (to be discarded)
There are several good reasons why you should be concerned with the quality of your water at home. Aside from getting your drinking water from tap, you also use tap water for cooking and washing the dishes and utensils which are primarily used for food preparation.
If your water comes from a private well, you have all the good reasons to do your own testing for pesticides, especially in the following cases:
- Someone in the immediate area confirms pesticide contamination in a private well
- A commercial pesticide distributor is located nearby
- You have a shallow, large-diameter well
- You are aware of pesticide mixing, spills, or tanks being emptied within a few hundred feet of your well
Unlike water bacteria tests, the pesticide in water test is rather expensive; therefore, it is critical that you are clear with what you’re looking for.
Pesticides have a wide variety of use and they are typically applied on farms, fruit orchards, golf courses, and residential lawns and gardens. However, pesticides are also used inside homes and buildings, as well as on utility and railroad right-of-way lands. Being widespread that they are, it’s easy for them to find their way into your household water.
This PurTest Pesticides in Water Test Kit is designed to test 2 of the most common pesticides used in the United States: Atrazine and Simazine. Aside from being a test-at-home pesticide kit, its utmost advantage is that it has the ability to detect the presence of Atrazine and Simazine in your water at or even below the EPA Maximum Contaminant Level, which is 3 ppb for Atrazine and 4 ppb for Simazine.
How to Use PurTest Pesticides in Water Test Kit
PurTest Pesticides in Water Test Kit is an easy and fast do-it-yourself water quality test. Using the dropper pipette that comes with the kit, dispense one to two (1-2) drops of clean water into the test vial. Place the test strip into the test vial, with arrows pointing DOWN and wait for 10 minutes without disturbing the strip or vial.
How to Read the Result
The results of this pesticide in water test kit is readable in 10 minutes. Blue lines will appear on strips, indicating a positive or a negative result. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before you begin with the test. If no lines appear, or both lines are very light, the test did not run properly and the result is not valid. If a test strip shows a positive result, your water sample may contain pesticides at a toxic level.
- How do we get exposed to pesticides?
Pesticide contamination of drinking water is suspected to be wide spread throughout the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you may ingest, inhale, or absorb potentially harmful chemicals from drinking pesticide contaminated water; eating foods prepared with contaminated water or breathing in fumes while showering, cooking or washing.
- What must I do if I found out that my water at home is contaminated with pesticides?
If any amount of pesticide is found in your water, contact your local or state health department for actions to take and whether you need to do follow-up testing. As soon as you know what chemical is in your water, obtain a health advisory summary from the public health department or the U.S. EPA. Health advisory summaries will tell you both the non-cancer health risks and the cancer risk from pesticides and other chemicals in water.
- How do I know if my water at home is contaminated with pesticides?
Unfortunately, the only way to know if your water contains pesticides is to perform a test. These days there have been quite a number of water test kits available in online and offline pharmacies. Their specifications range from testing lead in water to testing nitrates or nitrites in drinking water, to testing pesticides. The Pesticides in Water Test Kit offered primarily detects the presence of Atrazine and Simazine, which are 2 of the commonly used pesticides in the United States.
- What can pesticide poisoning do to you?
While pesticides have different affects on various people, even low level exposure can cause serious health problems. Some people suffer a variety of effects which may include headaches and skin rashes. Long-term exposure from inhalation, ingestion and/or skin absorption can damage internal organs, cause chromosome damage, cancer and death. Fetuses, babies and children are suspected to be more vulnerable than adults.