We offer the two main types of well testing. The first type of well testing is to test for the well’s production. This can lead to you finding issues such as abrasives and fill, such as sand and rust. The other type of well testing is to test for contaminates or water pollution.
You should have your private well’s water quality tested on a regular basis in order to maintain having a safe and reliable source. The test results make it possible for you to properly diagnosis and correct the problems with a water supply. This helps to ensure your water source is being protected from potential contamination, and that the well continues operating properly. It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for the use you are intending. Testing your well on a regular basis will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you continue to use it.
The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested by a certified laboratory. Water can look and taste good, but not necessarily be safe to drink. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, and microbes can exist in both surface and groundwater supplies. All of these factors can cause immediate sickness if not properly treated. Some long term health problems that take years to develop can also be caused by certain chemical contaminants that are sometimes found in a water source. Testing your water on a regular basis will help to identify unsafe water and ensure the water treatment system in place is treating the water to an acceptable level.
Many tests are available to help determine the performance of a water treatment system and the safety of a water supply. Your local health department can assist in selecting which tests are important for testing your drinking water. Basic water potability tests look for coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH levels, sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulphates, iron, manganese, total dissolved solids, and water hardness.
Coliform bacteria indicates the presence of microorganisms in the water that are potentially harmful to human health.
Nitrates are a common contaminant found mainly in groundwater, which interferes with the ability of blood to carry oxygen. High nitrate concentrations can be particularly dangerous for babies under six months old.
Ions, such as sodium, chloride, sulphates, iron, and manganese can cause objectionable taste or odor to take to water. Excessive amounts of sulfate can have an effect on the gastrointestinal system, or even have a laxative effect.
Fluoride although an essential micro-nutrient, can cause dental problems in excessive amounts.
Total dissolved solids (TDS) represent the amount of inorganic substances dissolved in the water. High amounts of TDS can reduce the palatability of water.
Other additional tests may be appropriate if a particular contaminant is suspected in the water. For instance some tests can also test for arsenic, selenium, uranium, and pesticide contamination.