Understanding Well Water Contamination Testing And Treatment

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If you're a homeowner with a well on your property, it's important that your water be tested regularly. The testing process helps to ensure that your water isn't contaminated with bacteria or chemicals, which can seep into well water from environmental hazards, runoff, and even animals. Sometimes, these contaminants are completely undetected until the water's tested. Here's a look at what you need to know about collecting test samples and dealing with the results.

Collecting Water Samples

In order to get an accurate reading of any bacteria in the well water, you need to be careful about collecting your sample. Get a specimen bottle from the lab that's going to do the testing. Those bottles are sterilized and will also be treated with a preservative.

Wear gloves if possible while you're taking the sample, and don't touch the inside of the bottle or the rim. That way, you don't contaminate the sample with oils or particles from your skin. Turn the tap on and let the water run for at least ten minutes before you take a sample. That allows the system to flush anything stagnant from the pipes and lets you get an accurate reading. Slow the water flow at the faucet so that you can fill the bottle without causing any splashing.

Fill the sample bottle to the marked line, or about three-quarters of the way if there's no mark. Refrigerate the water sample or keep it in a cooler while you deliver it to the lab.

Dealing With The Results

Your water should be free of any kind of bacteria if it's safe for drinking. If the initial test shows any bacteria present in the water, your lab will probably ask you to repeat the test to be sure that it wasn't an errant result or due to some kind of outside contamination. If the second test confirms the result, you need to treat the well.

A water testing and purification company can help you with the treatment. You'll probably need to chlorinate the well or use another chemical treatment to purify it. These treatments will purify the water in the well as well as the components of your well pump and the insides of the pipes. A few weeks after you treat the well, repeat the test to be sure that the treatment worked.

The more proactive you can be about testing your well water, the safer you and your family will be. In addition to the frequent testing, a water treatment specialist can even help you find filters and other supplies to help you keep your drinking water clean and safe. Contact a professional for more information, like those at Valley Pump Inc.


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