Water Test for Private or Shared Well Water Customers
We offer three levels of water testing for customers who consume water from private or shared well water sources. Our Basic, Advanced and Extended packages are designed to test for contaminants commonly found in well water.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a rule in which public drinking water systems do not apply to individual water systems, such as privately possessed wells. As an individual water system owner, it is up to you to make sure that your water is safe to drink. Though you can test your own well if you have well water testing kits, there are risks associated with the results. If you still want to go for well water testing kits, we suggest you think again.
If you own a private well, the CDC and Florida Department of Health suggest testing private wells annually and more frequently if the well shares a history of contamination. The Florida well water testing strategy makes sure well water is properly diagnosed. The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria, nitrates, and any contaminants of local concern.
What You May Find In Your Well Water?
Here is a brief of several water quality indicators (WQIs) and pollutants that should be tested for in your water. A WQI test is basically a test that detects the presence and amount of certain germs in the water. Mostly, the WQIs is not the cause of sickness; however, they are simple to test for and their existence may indicate the presence of sewage and other disease-causing germs from human and/or animal stools.
Examples of Water Quality Indicators:
Coliform bacteria are microbes noticed in the digestive systems of warm-blooded animals, on plants, in soil, and surface water. Typically you don’t fall sick due to these microbes; however, because microbes that cause disease are difficult to test for in the water, “total coliforms” are tested instead. There is a likelihood of the presence of harmful germs like viruses, bacteria, and parasites if the total coliform count is high.
Fecal Coliforms / Escherichia coli (E. coli)
They are a specific kind of total coliform. The stool and digestive systems of humans and warm-blooded animals have an abundance of fecal coliforms. E. coli is part of the fecal coliform group that may be tested for by itself. These both are usually harmless.
However, if your test is positive, feces and harmful germs have already invaded your water system. And now you are likely to get diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis.
PH is now a very common term. It tells how much your water is acidic or basic. When there is a deviation in your pH level, there is a deviation in your water’s look and taste. If the pH of your water is too low or too high, it could potentially damage your pipes, cause heavy metals like lead to leak out of the pipes into the water, and eventually make you sick.
Examples of Contaminants:
It is naturally found in many types of food. However, high levels of nitrate in drinking water can cause sickness in people. If you own a well, nitrate finds its way to you from animal waste, private septic systems, wastewater, flooded sewers, polluted storm water runoff, fertilizers, agricultural runoff, and decaying plants. The geology of the land around your well also dictates the presence of nitrate. Thus, a nitrate test is recommended for your well, because if the level of nitrate is higher than EPA standards, this is an alarm to treat your water or look for other water alternatives.
Why Do You Need To Test?
In well water treatment, one size does not fit all. The well water test kit is also not a reliable savior. Objectives and operating conditions change and demand design customization. Your well maintenance is a compulsion now. For water well maintenance, it is recommended to least check your well every spring to ensure there are no mechanical problems; test it once every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, you should also go for a test and have a suitable well water treatment.
When Do You Get Your Well Checked?
- When there are known problems with well water in your vicinity.
- When you have recently faced problems near your well such that flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal sites).
- When you have replaced or repaired any part of your well system.
- When you suspect a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water.
- When your well has a history of bacterial contamination.
- When your septic system has recently malfunctioned.
- When your family members or house guests have repetitive incidents of gastrointestinal illness.
- When an infant is living in the house.