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How to send a water sample to EPA Watch

Two citizen scientists who head a non-profit forensic food lab in central Texas have joined forces to stop lead poisoning in municipal water supplies across the United States. Forensic food scientist Mike Adams and a former NASA contract scientist are conducting a nationwide scientific analysis of heavy metals in American tap water, and they need your help.

The project is being organized by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, with lab director Mike Adams. Over the next three months, the researchers plan to test the water in 100 large U.S. cities and disclose the results of the study on the website

The Consumer Centers Lab is calling on licensed practitioners of the healing arts, including chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, complementary medicine doctors, TCM and acupuncture practitioners, massage therapists, holistic dentists and others who are licensed by state boards to send in water samples.

Water samples should be sent in Karter Scientific 50mL centrifuge vials. They are inexpensive and can purchased on through a link at Do not send by air. Changes in pressure can cause leaks in vials. Ship or mail your 50 mL water sample to the address below:

CWC Labs
P.O. Box 224
8760 A Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758

Here are the instructions for acquiring a water sample:

1. Fill the vial completely with water from your sample source (tap water, for example), affix the screw top and shake the vial vigorously. Then pour out the water. This is a rinse.
2. Fill the vial a second time, all the way to the top. Affix the screw top firmly.
3. Please write the zip code of the water sample on the lid of the vial, using a permanent marker.
4. Apply a strong tape around the perimeter of the screw top to create a tighter seal with the vial.
5. Pack the vial in a padded envelope or a small box. This will help prevent damage during shipping.
6. Print and fill out the water custody form which you can access here.[PDF] Include it with your water sample shipment.

Make sure to print out your water sample custody form, which can be accessed here.[PDF]

Samples will be tested with a ICP-MS (mass spec) Agilent 7700x instrument, using EPA methodology, which digests the water in 10mL of nitric acid for the complete oxidation of metals. Water samples will be tested for various elements, including lead, arsenic, copper, mercury, cadmium, nickel, uranium, cesium and aluminum. In addition, waters samples may also be tested later for pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other chemical contaminants.

No charge is required for testing your water sample. All testing is funded by Natural News Store sales with scientific instrumentation run time provided by Mike Adams (the Health Ranger), the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center.

Results will be published online at and throughout the year as more water samples are acquired. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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