Your Water, Your Health: How Water Testing Impacts Your Well-Being

Ensure your family's safety with professional water testing and expertly installed systems. We also offer regular water delivery!

Drinking hard water isn’t bad for you. The World Health Organization even claims that especially hard water could actually provide a good source of calcium and magnesium. The next time you want strong bones and muscles, just reach for a glass of untreated Central Minnesotan tap water!

On second thought, don’t do that. Untreated tap water could contain several other nasty things that you’d most certainly rather not have in your body. That’s why Ben Holzer Unlimited Water offers water testing: it reveals the presence of inorganic substances and bacteria which can do our clients serious harm.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the water contaminants we test for. If we detect any of these in your tap water, we’ll advise the best water treatment solution for your home or business!



It’s okay to have some iron in your drinking water: less than 0.3 milligrams per liter (mg/L), to be specific. If your water contains more iron than that, then it can taste bad, smell bad, and stain your sink, tub and laundry.

In very high concentrations, iron can seriously harm your health. It can inflame your stomach lining and cause ulcers. It can impair your body’s ability to absorb zinc, which can lead to symptoms including diarrhea, skin sores and unexplained weight loss. Outrageously high concentrations of iron can cause fatal organ failure. Lethal iron overdose may be extremely rare, but taking action to avoid it is still worthwhile.



Scientists have not yet determined whether the body actually needs arsenic to remain healthy. Smaller animals appear to require it, so it’s not impossible.

That said, you really ought to do all you can to avoid ingesting arsenic. Arsenic can cause extensive damage to the eyes, skin, liver, kidneys, lungs and lymphatic system. Long-term exposure to the heavy metal can also cause cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is unsafe to drink water that contains more than 0.01 mg/L.



Radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie in 1898. Unfortunately, the link between radiation and cancer wouldn’t be discovered until the next century, so the Curies couldn’t have known to take proper safety measures while studying the element. Marie actually died of aplastic anemia instead of cancer, though few wonder whether radium played a role in her demise.

All of this is to say that you don’t want radium in your drinking water. According to the EPA, it is unsafe to consume water that contains more than 5 picocuries per liter.



You probably already know that lead isn’t good for you. No one who said “Eat lead!” in a movie ever intended it as health advice.

You’re strongly advised not to consume water that contains more lead than 0.015 mg/L. Doing so long-term greatly increases your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and kidney damage. Lead exposure is especially pernicious to children, which is why expecting mothers are warned against lead consumption as well.



Tap water can contain myriad harmful bacteria, including Campylobacter, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Rotavirus, Salmonella and Shigella. It can also contain harmful protozoa, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

We won’t go into all these microbes’ adverse health effects. You have likely already heard of most of them, and have no desire to gain first-hand experience of the diseases they cause.

You don’t want water problems. You want water solutions – which means you are in luck if you live in the greater Perham, MN area. We offer the water softeners homeowners and business owners need in order to avoid foul-smelling water, dry skin and stained bathroom fixtures. But if your goal is iron, radium, lead, bacteria or arsenic removal, we also offer just the reverse osmosis system for the job.

Don’t put your family at risk. Contact Ben Holzer Unlimited Water today for professional water testing, as well as the expertly installed and maintained system you need to enjoy truly healthy water. And if you want crystal clean water regularly delivered to your doorstep, we have you covered there as well!


42604 State Hwy 108
Perham, Minnesota 56573


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