Services & Capabilities
Residential Drinking Water Testing
Whether you have a private well or your water is supplied by a municipality, the quality of your water is extremely important. Contaminants can enter drinking water supplies as water filters through the soil and dissolves materials that are present or can be introduced though human activities. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Overview of Water Supply Sources provides insight into where your water comes from.
Most contaminants have no taste, odor or color, so their presence can only be determined by laboratory testing. Since some contaminants found in drinking water have been linked to cancer and other health issues, it is important to know what is in your water. Public water suppliers are required to perform periodic testing and distribute this information. Although there is no requirement for private well water testing, most states recommend that you test your water periodically for a list of common contaminants. The NHDES Suggested Water Quality Testing for Private Wells provides guidance for suggested analyses and frequency of testing.
Absolute Resource Associates includes many of the recommended analyses in our Standard Water Quality Package. Our Tests and Frequency page will explain which analyses we perform, how often testing is recommended and what is involved with testing your well. Please contact your state lab for information on radiological testing.
The NHDES Drinking water division has detailed information available regarding water quality issues, contaminants and remediation. To access the NHDES web page for general links to "Drinking water/Ground water" information click here.
For specific information on drinking water and contaminants, click on NHDES Fact Sheets links below.Arsenic in Drinking Water
Beryllium in Drinking Water
Corrosivity of Water Supplies
Fluoride in Drinking Water
Hardness in Drinking Water
Removal of Iron and Manganese in Drinking Water
Nitrate/Nitrite in Drinking Water
Organics in Drinking Water
Mineral Radioactivity in Drinking Water
Radon in Air and Water: An Overview for Homeowners
Sand and Sediment in Drinking Water
Taste and Odor in Drinking Water
Hydrogen Sulfide in Drinking Water
Sodium and Chloride in Drinking Water
Air Bubbles in Drinking Water
MtBE in Drinking Water
Iron Bacteria In Drinking Water
Interpreting the Presence of Coliform Bacteria
Causes of Positive Bacteria Results in Water Samples
Bacterial Staining Of Water Use Fixtures