Many links between hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to contamination of groundwater and drinking water supplies have recently been discovered. There are a number of chemicals that are used in fracking — some of them are relatively non-toxic while others are highly toxic. According to EPA documents, the following constituents were detected in all tested fracking fluid samples: barium ion, benzene, boron, chloride ion, ethyl benzene, gross beta (radioactive beta particle emission), naphthalene, nickel ion, sulfate ion, toluene, total xylenes, TMB, and TEPH. Some of these constituents occur naturally in groundwater but may be found at far higher and thus toxic concentration levels in water that has been contaminated by fracking. Until recently, the only option for monitoring drinking water on a regular basis has been to use fracking test kits that involve messy, complicated, time-consuming procedures. The toxic chemicals used in many fracking test kits must be properly disposed of which is a hidden complication and additional expense. The Forston Labs Fracking Kit measures increased concentrations of barium ion, chloride ion, nickel ion, sulfate ion, bromide ion, potassium ion, turbidity and changes in acidity. There are no messy, complicated procedures to follow and no toxic chemicals to be disposed. The Fracking Kit consists of a LabNavigator (required for all measurements), a full-range heavy-duty pH Sensor, a Turbidity Sensor, a Conductivity Sensor and a clear-language informative user’s guide for the non-chemist. It works by simply connecting one or more of the sensors to the LabNavigator, ensuring the accuracy by using one of the included non-toxic standards, dipping the sensor into a sample of well water and pressing a button which stores the test results for future use. The digital readout on the LabNavigator shows the results in an instant.
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