How important is it to test water quality before purchasing a house?
Household water supplies can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and, in some areas, with high lead levels. Water testing should occur to minimize the effects of contaminated water ranging from diarrhea, cramps, and nausea, to paralysis, brain and spinal cord damage especially in children, and, for pregnant women, lead contamination can result in miscarriage.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009