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Drinking Water

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources: rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells. SDWA regulations apply to all public water systems. The most basic definition of a public water supply is any water system that serves at least 25 persons at least 60 days per year.

Susan — Project Manager

Drinking water safety cannot be taken for granted and there are a number of threats to drinking water. Improperly disposed of chemicals, animal wastes, pesticides, human wastes, wastes injected deep underground, and naturally-occurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk.

Cardinal Environmental can provide private well owners with Primary Drinking Water Standard analysis (those dealing with contaminants that are known to have an adverse affect on human health) and Secondary Drinking Water Analysis (those dealing with contaminants that effect the aesthetic quality of drinking water.)

An example of the sampling and laboratory analysis that we can provide:

  1. ›› State certified bacteriological water safety analysis (recommended annually or when noticeable changes in water occur)
  2. ›› Nitrate and nitrite analysis
  3. ›› Fluoride, hardness and alkalinity analysis
  4. ›› Lead and Copper analysis

Cardinal Environmental also offers:

  1. ›› Bacteriological studies of recreational waters
  2. ›› Swimming pool analysis
  3. ›› Other analysis or monitoring upon request

Available Drinking Water Evaluation Kits

  1. ›› DW Examination (74 parameters - metals, other organics, and volatile organics)
  2. ›› DW Examination Plus (94 parameters - DW plus pesticides, herbicides, and PCBs)