5 Things to Test for In Well Water

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If you rely on a well to get water for your home, then you should remember to regularly check it for any contaminants and take the necessary steps to remove such contaminants, whether they are organic or inorganic. And if you don’t know what to test for in well water, then the below suggestions should help you with it.

Legionella

The Legionella bacterium is well known to be the cause of Legionnaires’ disease, which is a kind of pneumonia. This can result in headaches, muscle pains, breathing problems, and so on. As such, it becomes very important to identify the bacteria lest you inject them through contaminated water. Aquacert provide legionella testing kits that you can easily use to test the water and see whether they contain the bacteria or not.

Coliform

Coliform bacteria are generally found in the intestinal and digestive tracts of animals. These do not make you sick. Yet testing them is important since a high count of total coliform can indicate that the water is infected with other microbes. This is also applicable to fecal coliforms which are generally found in the feces of warm blooded creatures.

pH Level

The pH level of water is an indication of its acidity. If the pH balance is disrupted, then the water can make you sick if you drink it too much. In addition, it can also make the pipes break down, eventually resulting in heavy metals being mixed with drinking water. The simplest way to detect pH imbalance is by tasting the water. If you think that the water tastes somewhat different than usual and you are sure that it is not polluted, then take up a pH scale and check whether the water has become too acidic or basic.

VOC

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are another major contaminant in well water. These compounds include things like benzene, toluene, MTBE, and so on. The presence of such compounds in water is dangerous for your health.  As such, if the testing shows that the well is contaminated by them, you must take immediate measures to clear out VOCs from all the stored drinking water from the well.

Nitrate

Nitrates are usually found in many varieties of food in small quantities and are usually not harmful. But if it is present in excessive amounts, then it is a cause for concern since the nitrates can easily harm your body. The major sources of nitrate pollution in wells include septic tanks, stormwater runoff, agricultural runoff, animal waste, and so on. The geology of the location where the water is sourced will also play a role in determining whether the water you drink is contaminated with nitrates or not.

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