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Lab 2 – Water Quality and Contamination

 

 

 

Experiment 1: Drinking Water Quality

 

Bottled water is a billion dollar industry in the United States. Still, few people know the health benefits, if any, that come from drinking bottled water as opposed to tap water. This experiment will look at the levels of a variety of different chemical compounds in both tap and bottled water to determine if there are health benefits in drinking bottled water.

 

 

 

POST-LAB QUESTIONS

 

 

 

1.      Develop a hypothesis regarding which water sources you believe will contain the most and least contaminants, and state why you believe this. Be sure to clearly rank all three sources from most to least contaminants.

 

 

 

Hypothesis =

 

Table 1: Ammonia Test Results

Water Sample

Test Results (mg/L)

Tap Water

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2: Chloride Test Results

Water Sample

Test Results (mg/L)

Tap Water

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

Table 3: 4 in 1 Test Results

Water Sample

Total Alkalinity

(mg/L)

Total Chlorine

(mg/L)

Total Hardness

(mg/L)

Tap Water

 

 

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

 

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 4: Phosphate Test Results

Water Sample

Test Results (ppm)

Tap Water

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

Table 5: Iron Test Results

Water Sample

Test Results (ppm)

Tap Water

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

Table 6: pH Results

Water Sample

Test Results

Tap Water

 

Dasani® Bottled Water

 

Fiji® Bottled Water

 

 

 

 

2.      Based on the results of your experiment, would accept or reject the hypothesis you produced in question 1?  Explain how you determined this.

 

 

 

Accept/reject =

 

 

 

 

 

3.      Based on the results of your experiment, what specific differences do you notice among the Dasani®, Fiji®, and Tap Water?

 

 

 

Answer =

 

 

 

 

 

4.      Based upon the fact sheets provided (links at the end of this document), do any of these samples pose a health concern? Use evidence from the lab to support your answer.

 

 

 

Answer =

 

 

5.      Based on your results, do you believe that bottled water is worth the price? Use evidence from the lab to support your opinion.

 

 

 

Answer =

 

 

 

**NOTE: Be sure to complete steps 1 – 32 of Lab 3, Experiment 1 (the next lab) before completing your work for this week. Lab 3 involves growing plants, and if the work is not started this week, your seeds will not have time to grow and the lab will not be finished on time.**

 

FACT SHEETS

 

Ammonia https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2014_Ammonia.pdf

 

 

 

Chloride

 

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chloride.pdf

 

 

 

Phosphate

 

http://osse.ssec.wisc.edu/curriculum/earth/Minifact2_Phosphorus.pdf

 

 

 

Iron

 

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/iron.pdf

 

 

 

pHhttps://www.watersystemscouncil.org/download/wellcare_information_sheets/potential_groundwater_contaminant_information_sheets/9709284pH_Update_September_2007.pdf

 

 

 

Alkalinity

 

https://www.safewater.org/PDFS/communitywatertestkit/Water_Quality_Tests.pdf

 

 

 

Chlorine

 

http://www.watertechonline.com/testing-for-chlorine-in-drinking-water/

 

 

 

Hardness

 

http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/dwgb/documents/dwgb-3-6.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

Any sources utilized should be listed here.

 

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