If you have a private well on your property that you and your family use, it’s imperative to have it tested regularly – at least once a year – to ensure that your water source is both reliable and safe. Bacteria and pollutants that can enter the ground can end up contaminating the water supply and pose a serious threat to your health.
Whether your water system is used for drinking water at home, or to hydrate livestock, it’s up to homeowners to have the suitability of the water quality inspected for its intended use. Here are some key points on the importance of domestic well testing and why it’s necessary.
Contaminants In Groundwater
Microorganisms like bacteria, parasites, and viruses, along with heavy metals, fertilizers, industrial products, and wastes, are all examples of dangerous contaminants – naturally occurring and from human activity – that can seep into the groundwater and watersheds. The quality of your water supply will depend on a variety of factors such as your location, the condition of the well, the quality of the well’s construction, and how it has been maintained. The quality of your aquifer will also play a major role in your water quality. But understanding and pinpointing any groundwater pollution sources is one of the first steps to safeguarding your drinking water.
Test At Least Once A Year To Keep Your Family Safe
As a general rule of thumb, once a year is standard to have your well tested. However, if you experience flooding, or notice something off with the taste, appearance or smell of the water, then more frequent testing might be necessary. If you’re located next to an industrialized area or have farming operations nearby using fertilizers and pesticides, it’s imperative to have your well system inspected regularly.
What To Test For
For domestic well testing, water should be tested for coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you’re concerned about any other particular contaminants, you can test for those, too.
These tests can be costly, so when you talk to your local expert, have them advise you on common contaminants for your particular area, and if possible, be specific about problems that you notice with the water.
Talk To The Experts
Water quality is never something to take lightly. If you’re unsure about the safety of your drinking water, talk to the experts. Altair Water and Drilling Services have been serving Western Canada for over 30 years. We have trained experts who can inspect and test your water system to ensure it’s safe for you and your family to consume.
If you’re concerned about the quality of your water, reach out to us to set up an appointment to have your domestic well tested today.