It is important to have a safe, reliable, and clean drinking water source. For some, that source is well water. Well water is groundwater that flows into a well and is either pumped out or carried out. Maintenance on a well is something that is essential and should not be taken lightly. The water from the well is what family is consuming along with all the microbes in the water. What do you know about testing the water from your well, and how does testing your water change how you consume it?
Testing your water should be a common practice if you have a well, but how common should it be? You should be testing your water once a year ideally for a common well. Shallow wells on the other hand, should be tested each season to ensure that the water is safe to consume.
Within the water can live many tiny viruses, bacteria, and parasites. These unwanted water additives can appear anytime and they often go unnoticed. Testing your water with qualified testers is the only way to ensure that these harmful agents don’t get ingested. Testing regularly can monitor any ongoing treatments as well as scan for sudden upcoming issues.
Think of water like blood when it comes to testing. For some elements, there is an accepted range, others any presence or lack thereof can signal disaster.
You can get your water tested by many places, the first place you can go to get water testing is a plumber. Plumbers have the kites to test water and determine all the above levels. In some towns and cities they will also offer water testing. We wouldn’t recommend you testing your water with at home kits unless absolutely necessary. These tests can be hard to read and often not as accurate as professionals.
While some merely impact the taste or smell of your water, others will have potentially lifelong effects. That is why it is important to test your well water at least once a year if not each season. Changes can happen quickly and unexpectedly. Don’t let changes in your water impact you or your family’s well being.