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I know that while IP my d water loaded before weigh ins (she told me) and I suspect that she does the same now. She is exceptionally sneaky, even when being watched I’m sure she can find a way. 

My question - can I get a hold of the urine test strips to test for water loading like the drs have? Or should I just figure she’s going to do it and take off ½ to 1 kg from her weight? How much can they actually add with water loading?

In Canada we can get urine dip sticks that test the specific gravity of the urine. SG of water is 1.
If you suspect it, it is likely happening and you need to get more crafty than ED to stop it. 
Water weight 1 litre is one kg.So yes they can overload and mess up the scale. If they add salty fluids too that will hold more weight on them. It, like all other ED tricks, needs to be stopped. 
I know that sounds so easy! And I know it is not.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
I would take off better 1 kg than only 1/2. It is easy to load 500 ml.
I think it is hard to load more than 1 l but maybe possible. Problem is more that when she drinks big amounts in a short time that can be dangerous.

You can only try to control her water intake before weighings, have weighings by surprise and send her to the toilet right before.
Ask in the pharmacy for these urin test strips. Maybe that is possible there to buy them.

Maybe if you just announce that you will not count one kg this will make water loading unnecessary...🙂
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
When my son waterloaded, it was always water from the tap in the bathroom so either keep the door open while they pee or tell them that you will assume they are waterloading and will subtract a figure (I would not be specific because if you say 500g, she will drink 750ml or 1l) for each trip to the bathroom. My son waterloaded in hospital where he had unsupervised time and regular weighing times. I avoided it at home by supervising him before doctor's appointments and shaking up the schedule of weighing at home. Sometimes I would come back an couple of hours later and claim that I there was something strange about the figure and I wanted to check again, maybe the scales did something weird or I took the number down wrong. We had much more waterloading when he knew the figure, when we went to blind weighing there was much less pressure to waterload.

Good luck,

2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly gaining at home, seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight. 2020 Off to university, healthy and happy.
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My D was another one who water loaded, or at least tried to. There are a number of ways they can do it, not all of them are detectable. My D ultimately stopped because even she didn't know how much weight was related to water and how much was her - it caused more confusion for her and anxiety. There is potential risk in water loading, particularly if they are drinking large volumes so it definitely should not be ignored.

I on the other hand decided not to try to compensate for it - weight gain was genuine, but it had to be progressive. Any loss was also significant. If there is a fixed amount that can be added by water loading - even if it is 2kg or more then ultimately that will be overcome by what else needs to happen. The urge to water load is much greater when they are sicker and there is no logic or reasoning with them, reduce opportunities, but no penalty if they are discovered and then just keep on going. 

The biggest hint for water loading is weight that is wobbling up and down but not really changing, or drifting down. If that is happening they need more food.  
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
Thanks everyone, all the tips are very helpful. (As always).