E. Coli Escherichia coli (E. coli), magnified by an electron microscope.

Bacteria are microscopic organisms that can be found practically everywhere. Everything you see, everything you touch; it’s all covered in bacteria. There are approximately 10x more bacteria cells within our bodies than there are human cells!

Most bacteria are harmless to humans. Some types are even good for us! These good bacteria help us to digest food, keep our skin clean, and even fight off the bad bacteria that can hurt us.

Naturally, we still need to look out for the bad bacteria (known as pathogens) that find their way into our drinking water. These pathogens can cause serious diseases, like tuberculosis, cholera, or syphilis. One of the most dangerous pathogens is E. coli, which gets into our water from the rain and irrigation runoff that come from farms with livestock. Drinking water with pathogens can cause symptoms like indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and cramps.

A good way to test if your water is carrying any harmful bacteria is to test it at home with the WaterSafe Home Drinking Water Test Kit for Bacteria. Or you can test for lead, pesticides, chlorine, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, and PH as well with the WaterSafe All-In-One Home Drinking Water Test Kit.