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Complete Water Testing Kit Technical Info
- Tests Included: 10
- Weight: <1 lb
- Dimensions: 5” x 8” x 2”
- Made In: USA
About the Complete Water Testing Kit
The Complete Water Testing Kit is available at WaterTestingKits.com and costs $29.99 at the time of this review. The comprehensive kit includes ten tests in 3 separate packages. The EPA federal water limits for these tests are:
- Lead – Under 15 ppb
- Pesticide – None
- Iron – Under 0.3 ppb
- Copper – Under 1.3 ppb
- pH – 6.5 to 8.5
- Hardness – Under 50 ppm
- Chlorine – Under 4 ppm
- Nitrates – Under 10 ppb
- Nitrites – Under 1 ppm
- Bacteria – None
As you can see from the federal standards, there is a very low limit for most of these, with many in the parts per billion (ppb) range. The complete water testing kit is precise enough to identify at these low levels, and many of the tests quantify your results, which is even better. Quantified results allow you to determine how much over a limit your water source is.
Besides using the water testing kit to test your water source immediately, it also makes sense to have stored in a disaster kit. In many disaster scenarios, water sources become contaminated and undrinkable. Having a kit handy can help you confirm the drinkability of your water. A few disasters that could cause municipal or well water problems include hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding.
Here is what is included in the Complete Water Testing Kit:
Lead and Pesticide Water Testing Kit:
- Instruction Card
- Sample Vial
- 2 – Test Strips (10 minutes run time)
This section of the complete kit is the most relevant given the not-to-distant Flint, MI fiasco. This part is easy and quick to run. You fill the vial with water from your source, dip the strips for 10 minutes, and then check them like you would a pregnancy test. It is unlike the other strip tests in the kit, in that the strip just shows a positive or negative result. The stripes are set to be darker on the right than on the left when the safe threshold is passed. The strips shown below had negative results, with the left stripe being darker on both, although it was easier to see on one.
Bacteria Water Testing Kit:
- Instruction Card
- Sample Vial with cap and powder (48-hour run time)
The bacteria kit takes the most time to run and get results, yet it is the most simple of the tests to do. We started this test first, and it only takes a minute or two to get it out of the packaging and set up to wait for results. The vial has a powder in it that creates a bacteria culture in it after a few days if your water sample has bacteria present. It has very simple results. Purple = no bacteria, Yellow = bacteria.
Chlorine, Copper, Nitrate, Nitrite, Hardness, Iron, and pH Testing Kit:
- Instruction Card
- Sample Vial with Cap
- Iron Water Testing Tablet
- 3 Test Strips (short run times)
This part of the testing kit contains many different testing strips. The strips have different tabs on them based on what they are testing, and the tabs turn different shades based on the amount found in the sample. This is great because it does not just give you a good or bad result- it quantifies the result which could tell you how bad a problem is. Opening the foil strips on the side that says “open here” is important so you don’t contaminate the tabs by grabbing them. The results seem complicated at first, but you just lay the completed strip on the card and it points to the areas the tabs are testing for on the card. As you can see from my results, sometimes your color may not match one on the card exactly, but you can figure out the range for it.
What they got right with the Complete Water Testing Kit
During my time in the Air Force, I used countless biological warfare agent testing “hand-held assays.” This kit reminded me a lot of those assay kits since the step-by-step instructions are important yet easy to follow. Our biological warfare testing kits were meant for field testing, and true results were achieved by testing lab samples. This complete water testing kit serves a similar purpose- it is great for quick testing but not 100% accurate or comprehensive. No field test will be that accurate, and if you are concerned about the accuracy, you can simply run multiple kits at once. It was standard procedure to run two hand-held assays with different lot numbers when testing for biological agents to limit false positives, and you could do the same with water testing kits for better sample confirmation. The kits are lightweight, small, and cheap enough to stock up on.
What they got wrong with the Complete Water Testing Kit
User error would be the main reason one of these kits fails to perform. There are many instructions included with the kit, and every step seems equally important to avoid contaminating samples and testing strips. That given, it is possible that some lots may show false positives, but running multiple tests would lower that chance. The chance of a false positive is very low anyways on these kits, and the result would probably be from user contamination. There are more accurate tests that exist, such as lab tests, but not at this size, speed, or cost.
The Verdict on the Complete Water Testing Kit
At TruePrepper we recommend the Complete Water Testing Kit as an addition to your disaster kit. You may want to pick up two of these- one for emergency use, and one to use ASAP to ensure your water does not have currently have any contaminants. The kit is small and lightweight, so it is easily added to most disaster kits. Reading the instructions on this kit is very important to avoid faulty tests, so read them every time- even if you have run the tests before.
Where to buy the Complete Water Testing Kit
(WaterTestingKits.com) Complete Water Testing Kit
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