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Contaminated Drinking Water Warning Signs

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When should you test your water quality?

  • Do you expect to have a new baby?
  • Have you had a chemical or fuel spill or a leak near your water supply?
  • Are there unexplained illnesses in your family?

How frequently should I test?

Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.


The following chart will help you recognize problems and the possible contaminants.

Conditions or Nearby Activities: Test for:
Recurring gastro-intestinal illness Coliform bacteria
Household plumbing contains lead pH, lead, copper
Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich Radon
Corrosion of pipes, plumbing Corrosion, pH, lead
Nearby areas of intensive agriculture Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria
Coal or other mining operations nearby Metals, pH, corrosion
Gas drilling operations nearby Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium
Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals
Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks Volatile organic compounds
Objectionable taste or smell Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals
Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry Iron, copper, manganese
Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium
Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather Hardness
Rapid wear of water treatment equipment pH, corrosion
Water softener needed to treat hardness Manganese, iron
Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored Color, detergents

For more information, visit EPA’s webpage about Drinking Water.

To schedule water testing, please contact the Indoor Environmental Division of Baxter Group, Inc.

Safer Choice

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Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients. Companies must adhere to a strict set of pass or fail criteria where multiple aspects of the product is reviewed.


What does the Safer Choice label mean?

Participation in the Safer Choice program is voluntary. Companies who make products carrying the Safer Choice label have invested heavily in research and reformulation to ensure that their products meet the Safer Choice Standard.

Products must pass strict criteria in order to spot the Safer Choice label. Once a product meets the criteria, EPA conducts annual audits to ensure the standards continue to be met.


What is Examined?


Every ingredient. The EPA reviews all chemical ingredients, regardless of their percentage in the product. Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment. Some of the factors include carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment. This ensures that any product spotting the Safer Choice-labeled products are safer for humans and the environment.


Product performance. Products that qualify to carry the Safer Choice label must pass category-specific performance standards.


Packaging. Partners are required to implement sustainable packaging measures and to improve the packaging profile.


pH. Products must meet the pH standards set that minimize skin and eye irritation or injury.


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Safer Choice restricts VOC content to minimize indoor air pollution and respiratory concerns.


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