Well Water – Test to be Sure
Test on water is performed regularly on water in the municipal supply, but what about private water wells? According to the EPA, approximately 15% of Americans use water from their own wells. If you are one of those, you should be aware that your well is not subject to EPA standards and experts are not regularly checking the quality of your water source. You need to test the water yourself.
The risk of contaminants in your well water will be minimized if you have a well-built and well-maintained well. But environmental qualities will affect it. The aquifer quality that the water is sourced from is important as is the types of activity going on in the area. Although some pollutants are easy to spot, such as changes in the waters color, taste or smell, not every problem is identifiable without a water test. Your septic system may be a source of contamination. If you have one, make sure it, too, is well maintained and protected.
You should test the water every year for the typical contaminants such as total coliform bacteria, nitrates, dissolved solids and to ensure a healthy PH balance. In addition, if you suspect anything else, test the water for that too. If you need advice on the types of problems you may be experiencing, contact your local experts or a trusted water testing company such as AquaKnow. The health department, well contractors or public water system officials will be able to advise you. We provide kits that test the water that are specific to their contaminant, although some kits test for multiple problems. However, you do not want to spend money testing for what is not likely to be present so it is best to have information in advance.
Test the water if you notice or have recently repaired any damage to the well itself. If the casing has been damaged or the seals are cracked, if the cap is broken or missing, contaminants may have gotten in. Any damage to the well must be repaired at once. If you find any contaminants present, these also must be immediately taken care of.
Keep your well in good condition. Do not mix or use pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, fuels or other pollutants near the well. Do not use your septic system or the well, even an old or unused well, to dispose of any hazardous materials. The well casing should always be above ground. After a flood, you should pump the well until the water runs clear. However, do not use the water from the well if the well itself has been flooded. Contact your local health department. Lastly, keep accurate records of your well’s history. Note any well maintenance done to it, including cleaning and disinfecting with chemicals. It is important to test the water, but maintenance is the best part of prevention.
AquaKnow will help you test the water. We are a trusted and affordable water quality testing service located in Fort Worth, Texas. Our kits can test for a variety of contaminants at once and we understand the compliance regulations that must be followed. Once you have tested the water, our laboratories will interpret those results for you. Contact us at 877-734-7661 to consult with one of our representatives. We will advise you which tests you will need and ship a test kit to you with clear and easy instructions as to how to collect the water sample and return it to the lab. We will be there to answer all the questions you have.
Water is essential to life. Be sure that the water you provide will keep your family safe and healthy. www.aquaknow.com
January 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm