Water quality changes over time. A test on water should be performed at least one time a year if you own a water well to detect any contamination and to ensure quality drinking water for your family. As a well owner, it is extremely important to maintain regular testing because your water is not regulated by any outside source, meaning you are responsible for proper maintenance and testing of your well site.
If you live in a residential area, where water is provided to you through a city water system, you are still urged to conduct a test on water. Even if the city water is regulated through a Safe Drinking Water Act, enforcing strict water testing standards and demanding approval from the government, no one is safe from contamination. You can only lower your risk by testing your water on a regular basis.
People are often confused by the terms, “pure water” and “safe drinking water”. Pure water does not exist naturally in the environment. It contains no minerals or chemicals and has been filtered and processed for consumption. Safe drinking water, the water from our taps, has natural minerals and chemicals, such as potassium, calcium, sodium or fluoride, which are not harmful to humans and can actually be a beneficial source of minerals. Safe drinking water is the standard for our water systems.
When water is analyzed, quality is defined by its chemical content, physical content and biological content. A test on water can be as basic as tasting it, making a visual observation of its color or simply smelling it for odor. If your water seems cloudy, tastes strange or has an odor of any kind, a Coliform test will reveal if there is a presence of bacteria in the water. If the test on water reveals no Coliform, it is safe for consumption. If bacteria are found, the source needs to be investigated. In a well, the problem may involve the structure of your well, such as a crack in the well casing, which could provide an entry point for contaminated surface water. Once the source is located, you should immediately fix the defect and disinfect your entire system, including pipes and pumps.
Water is the most valuable resource we consume daily, which is why it is vital to maintain its quality. Cases of microbial disease are becoming prevalent in an alarming number of drinking water systems. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported a link between gastroenteritis in humans and contaminated water supply. Because of this risk, stricter water quality guidelines are being discussed. Health should be a main priority, especially if you are a well owner and are exempt from government water regulation. A regular test on water supply is necessary for your health and the continued luxury of safe drinking water in your home.
AquaKnow, in association with American Water Surveyors, performs water analysis for both residential and commercial customers, including public water systems, bottled water plants, well drillers, food producers and many more. With a priority and dedication to water quality, AquaKnow provides trusted and affordable water testing kits for wells, municipalities, and gas drilling sites, where you can obtain a sample and send it to their laboratory for efficient testing.
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