ADISON, Ind., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Environmental Laboratories, Inc. announced today that its Safe Home® (Do-It-Yourself) Bacteria in Drinking Water Test Kit is available at participating Walmart stores. Safe Home® has secured distribution as a featured product in nearly 500 Walmart stores throughout the U.S. The product became available in stores August 1st and will be available for a short-term test market. Safe Home® Test Kits were named as one of the Top Nine New Products at the 2017 National Hardware Show, out of over one million SKUs. All Safe Home® products are designed by the company’s new division, EnviroTestKits®, and are made in the USA.
Walmart is the first major retailer in the U.S. to carry the Safe Home® brand test kits, making it more convenient than ever for consumers to test their home’s drinking water for bacteria. Over 2,000,000 test kits have been sold worldwide via its online retail site EnviroTestKits.com and through other global distributors.
“Securing retail distribution with a big-box store like Walmart is a pivotal point in our company’s mission to provide consumers the tools and knowledge necessary to keep their loved ones healthy,” says Chris Myers, environmental scientist and President/CEO of Environmental Laboratories, Inc. “We are very excited and thankful for this partnership with Walmart, and appreciate that they recognize the importance of offering the Safe Home® Bacteria in Drinking Water Test Kit to their valued customers. Presently, Walmart only carries this one Safe Home® product. However, we offer more than a dozen different drinking water test kits on our website that will test for up to 200 individual contaminants. We are also presenting our Safe Home® test kit brands to numerous other box stores between now and the end of this calendar year. We desire to make Safe Home® test kits available to everyone,” closed Myers.
Participating Walmart stores are located throughout the following states: Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wyoming, Kentucky, Alabama, Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska, Utah, North and South Dakota, Washington, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.
However, consumers everywhere can contact their nearest Walmart and ask that they carry the Safe Home® Bacteria in Drinking Water Test Kit, which is Walmart Item Number 564197331.
Concerns over U.S. tap water safety – whether well or city sourced – have grown dramatically in recent years with good reason. Studies show U.S. tap water is often contaminated with numerous harmful contaminants. These contaminants include but are not limited to bacteria, toxic metals, in-organics like nitrates, physical properties like hard-water, organics like pesticides, and other cancer causing compounds. Some examples of why we should test our drinking water include:
According to the US National Library of Medicine Report, in one year, approximately 19.5 million Americans were rushed to a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office with a water related illness. Many of these are bacteria related (thus the reason to make available Safe Home® Bacteria Test Kits).
The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that more than three million Americans have been exposed since 2005 to drinking water with illegal concentrations of arsenic and radioactive elements, both of which have been linked to cancer, even in small doses of exposure.
A 2016 Harvard study found unsafe levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — industrial chemicals linked with cancer, hormone disruption and other health problems — in the drinking water of 33 states, affecting 6 million Americans.
Data CNBC obtained from the EPA for a recent report revealed that only nine U.S. states are reporting safe levels of lead in their water supply.
In 2015, nearly 77 million Americans lived in places where the water systems were in some violation of safety regulations, per the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a 2017 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Testing your drinking water could be the single most important step to protecting your family’s health. A homeowner spends an average of $300/year for oil changes on their car to keep it in top running condition and to hopefully extend the car’s life. You can spend less than this per year to test your drinking water supply and keep your family members safe, in hopes of extending their lives.
With the Safe Home® Bacteria in Drinking Water Test Kit, you can now test your drinking water supply in three easy steps for harmful bacteria. The patent-pending Safe Home® product comes from scientists with over 150 years of combined experience in drinking water testing. The kits are safe, simple to use and fast.
If results show contaminant problems, the company provides its customers with resources to possible solutions, empowering them to make informed decisions and take appropriate action. These resources are available free on their website at EnviroTestKits.com. Here, the general public can also find an extensive database about more than 200 contaminants – sources of each contaminant, noted harmful side-effects, EPA Maximum Contamination Levels (MCL’s) for human consumption, links to state and federal studies about each contaminant and access to multiple drinking water treatment professionals. These resources may aid to reduce or even eliminate harmful contaminants in the homeowner’s drinking water supply.
There are more than 21 million private wells used for potable water applications in the U.S. If you are on well water, experts recommend that homeowners and renters alike test their water quarterly for bacteria and twice per year for other contaminants – once during the dry season and once during the wet season. For homeowners on city water supplies, experts recommend testing their water for a broad-spectrum of contaminants once per year.
About Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
One of North America’s largest EPA certified water testing labs, Environmental Laboratories has been a trusted source of water testing since 1982. Through EnviroTestKits® (www.envirotestkits.com), a division of Environmental Laboratories, Inc., the company provides drinking water testing kits to the general public, through the Safe Home® brands. Environmental Laboratories, Inc. is based in Madison, Indiana.