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What Does It Mean If I Have Brown Water?

Have you ever reached for a glass of water or turned on a water fountain, only to see a stream of brown water flowing out of the tap?  Whether your water comes from a municipal source or a private well, no one wants to drink brown water that looks dirty and unhealthy.  Not only should […]

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

What Is Hard Water? When people talk about water quality, one of the factors that is often mentioned is hardness.  As water travels through the ground, it picks up small amounts of sediment from soil and rocks.  Two of the most common minerals that easily dissolve to form hard water are calcium and magnesium.  These […]

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning from Water

It’s hard to believe that will all of the press from the Flint, Michigan water scare in 2014, we are still at risk of lead poisoning from water.  Most recently, seven schools in Virginia were found to have lead in their drinking water.  Ingesting lead is particularly dangerous to infants, children, pregnant and nursing mothers, […]

What Is the Best Water for Drinking?

With so many options for bottled water and filtered water, have you ever wondered what is the best water for drinking?  If you take a quick walk down the water aisle at your local grocery store, you will find dozens upon dozens of different kinds of water.  It is hard to believe there are so […]

Understanding the Difference Between Tap and Distilled Water

No matter where your water comes from, whether its tap water or distilled water, you need to be concerned about its quality. Government organizations set water quality standards to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water. Characteristics used to judge water include dissolved mineral content, number of bacteria, pH, and hardness.  Distilled water […]

Is it Safe to Drink Pool Water? – A Science Experiment for Kids

It’s not uncommon to accidentally swallow some water when you are swimming in a pool.  Public pools are carefully monitored and treated with chlorine to prevent bacteria and other contaminants.  While we wouldn’t recommend drinking pool water on a regular basis, we were curious about what’s in our pool water. In an emergency situation, would […]

What’s in Your Mineral Water – A Quick and Easy Experiment

The bottled water business is booming with a growing variety of water.  Mineral water is touted to offer extra health benefits and is favored by those who like sparkling water with bubbles.  What we wanted to know was if there really is a difference between the different types of sparkling water. We used TestAssured’s 4 […]

Are All Bottled Waters Created Equal? – A Simple Science Project

As we’ve seen from recent news headlines, you cannot take safe drinking water for granted.  When people are worried about the quality of their tap water, they often turn to bottled waters.  Today, bottled water is a growing industry and there are dozens of brands to choose from, but are all brands created equal? Testing […]

Flushing Pipes – Does it Work? A Simple Science Experiment

Some health departments recommend flushing your pipes before using your tap water.  This is because as water sits idle in pipes, it is possible that it could absorb materials from the plumbing system.  The best way to avoid ingesting any of this contaminated water is to flush the pipes by letting your water run for […]

Does Movement in Water Affect Its Composition?

Does Movement in Water Affect Its Composition? Movement is an essential part of a healthy body of water.  In large bodies of water, this is caused by gravity and can be seen as a tide or current.  Smaller bodies of water can be moved by the wind or plant and animal life.  Even your tap […]

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