Water is a necessary part of living but also something many people take for granted. Although it’s generally quite accessible with public supply, some individuals have wells from which they get their water. Well water is an excellent source of hydration, but it can get contaminated from time to time. There are a few instances when you should have your well water tested for contaminants.
Once Per Year
To ensure you are only drinking healthy water, you should have your well water tested once a year. This test should look for nitrate and coliform bacteria. If the nitrate level is at or higher than five milligrams per liter, you should also test again six months later.
After You Notice Changes
While you may keep up on your regular, once-per-year tests, you should also keep in mind that the content of your water could change at any given moment. There are some changes you should watch out for, and if noticed, you should contact professionals right away:
- The taste, scent, or appearance of your water is different
- Someone (or everyone) in your home becomes ill, and there is no other explanation
- The well undergoes a repair
- You have a neighbor with well water that has become contaminated
- You suspect the well has flooded
In Specific Circumstances
There are also some specific circumstances that would require you to have a well water test. For example, if someone in the home who regularly drinks the water becomes pregnant, you should test for contaminants, particularly nitrates, to ensure it is safe for them. Also, if you live near an area of industrial waste or livestock, you should test for contamination.
Contacting Chesapeake Geosystems
Well water is some of the most refreshing water there is, but it can be quite dangerous if it becomes contaminated. Contact Chesapeake Geosystems today by calling 410-489-1712 or sending us an email to learn more about well water testing.