The United States has one of the world’s safest water supplies, but occasionally contaminants can enter an aquifer or well. The contaminants can be naturally occurring, such as radon or arsenic, or have a man-made source, such as pesticides or sewage.
More than 15 million Americans get their water from a private well, but they are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, so it is important for homeowners to monitor their water supply if it comes from a well.
What Are Some Of The Well Water Contamination Problems?
WHEN SHOULD I TEST?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend checking your well every spring for mechanical problems and testing for contaminants once a year. Some people opt to have their well tested when they first buy a home and then never test again.
Others test regularly for peace of mind. There are certain times, however, when every homeowner should test the property’s well. This includes when other people in your areas have experienced well water problems, if there has been flooding or a major disturbance near the well, if your home is near a waste disposal site, if you have recently replaced any part of your well system, or if you notice a change in the water quality.
WHAT SHOULD I TEST MY WELL FOR?
The annual test recommended by the EPA includes looking for the following:
You should also consider testing for contaminants that may affect you area. You state environmental department can help you determine what contaminants pose a risk.
WHO SHOULD TEST MY WELL?
State and local health or environmental departments, including New Hampshire and Massachusetts, test for most of the common contaminants. These agencies can also refer you to certified laboratories. Skillings & Sons works with certified laboratories and can help you determine what contaminants you should test for, as well as conducting the test.
Skillings & Sons, Inc. will provide you with a water testing kit. Just stop by our location or contact us for more information.
Click here to learn more about water testing and download our water testing guide.