Posted by Jeff Wahl on 6/20/2018
"What is part of a standard water test at a public health unit?"
Over the years I have experienced many interesting situations with water quality and testing. This example is most definitely at the top of the list and raises serious concerns about water safety. As part of routine water testing, I showed up to take a sample for bacterial analysis. After running the tap for a couple of minutes, there was a distinct chemical smell which did not diminish as the tap ran.
Before you drink your next glass of water, consider the water source and make an educated choice.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 4/24/2018
"Each water test is a snapshot of one day in a year. What about the other 364?"The drilling of a well is a welcomed act for many people as it provides the necessity of water for their home or cottage. In Canada we are fortunate to have an abundance of groundwater that can provide a reliable, year round source of water for many municipalities and rural owners. The need for properly installed water treatment devices is no longer one of perceived need but one of necessity to ensure the safety of water for the consumer.
Groundwater is variable and subject to seasonal, environmental and human fluctuations.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 9/1/2017
Bacterial water contamination is a serious issue that has ramifications for human health. The importance of a Health Unit water test cannot be understated as it can identify potential for illness due to bacteria present in water. When submitting a water sample to a Public Health Unit in the province of Ontario, do you know what is being tested for? Do you assume that the safety of the water is being tested for and the results are a good determination of overall drinking water quality?
Does a good test result put your mind at ease that the water is safe for consumption?
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 7/18/2017
"Out of sight, invisible and dissolved in water, TDS what you cannot see."
If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye. They are not associated with a bacterial test and are not tested for at the Public Health Unit when you submit a water sample. At certain level’s they pose a risk and are not a recommended drinking water source according to the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.Sometimes what you do not see can be a risk.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 7/13/2017
Change occurs when the public works together to achieve a goal.
What you flush is out of sight and mind for most people. The impact of what goes down the drain is an elephant in the room in dire need of attention. Every water source large, small, municipal or rural has come in contact with some level of contaminant. The argument can be made that there is no "pure" water source left in the province, country or planet anywhere human interaction has taken place.
Toilets are Flushed in Ontario almost 25 Billion Times a Year.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 12/8/2016
buying a home water in the country, water should be one of the most
Buyers will often trust the seller or realtor
when a water sample is submitted to the local health unit. In some
cases, the buyer will simply receive the test results through their
lawyer. The goal of this publication is to raise awareness for the
possibility of tampering with a water sample and the potential for
illness to occur. When it comes to water, safety is of paramount concern
and too often buyers purchase a home with a good water sample and never
consider to test the water again. Unfortunately, the consequences can
lead to illness and sometimes be costly.
Consider a third party to test the water in a real estate transaction.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 6/9/2016
“Too often home
owners trust the water implicitly when a Residential UV System is
When you purchased a UV System it was to protect the water in your home,
cottage or business from bacteria present in water. It is likely that
no one informed you of the risk
associated with Power Outages or Proper Maintenance and the assumption is
made that if the power light is on, the system is working properly and
treating the water. This is not always the case.
There are many risks for water cross contamination in a home.
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 12/23/2014
“Trusted for bacteria removal, do you know what is required?”
Over the last 25 years the use of Ultra
Violet Disinfection Systems has become common place for keeping bacteria
out of rural water supplies. If you own a home in the country, it is
very likely that a UV System (also known as Blue Light or Sterilizer) is
installed either at the kitchen sink or where the water enters the
All ultra violet disinfection systems require proper maintenance and setup to be effective.