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A pool-water test kit (left) monitors chlorine levels in your water. The PathoScreen from Hach (right) reveals whether any pathogens may be present in the water.

Water Testing Tools

Water monitoring begins at the source.

Leave water from any source in a storage tank for a while, and interesting things will start to grow. Only the purest water in an airtight bottle will have a long shelf life. But not all bottled water is what the label says it is. For a cruiser, there are two water-testing tools that are important, and a third tool that is helpful in determining what is going into a tank and managing the quality of fresh water on a long-range cruising boat.

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