This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.
In this Badge Bit, you will perform a water quality test. (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- perform a water quality test
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
- a link to the water quality test kit or service you are using
- a picture of the water quality test kit, or what will be sent to the lab
- a picture of the water source you are testing (cistern? well head? stream or spring?)
- a picture of the water sample
- a picture of the results of your water quality test
- a description of what your water quality test results mean
- OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
The water test kit I used was "Ultimate Drinking Water Test Strips, 14 Parameters," purchased from Amazon.
Our tap water is municipal water, so I didn't expect any problems. Still, I've been curious. Of the heavy metals, my water was negative for mercury, lead, iron, and manganese. The test showed trace amounts of copper, aluminum, chromium, and zinc. pH was 7. Water hardness tested soft (50 mg/L). No nitrates or nitrites and small amounts of fluoride and chlorine were present.
The kit came with 50 test strips, so I plan to test filtered water from our Berkey, also our rainwater because that's what we give the animals.