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Reasons to test your well water

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Reasons to Test Your Water

  • The chart below will help you spot problems. The last five problems listed are not an immediate health concern, but they can make your water taste bad, may indicate problems, and could affect your well long term.

    Conditions or Nearby Activities: Test for:
    Recurring gastro-intestinal illness                   Coliform bacteria

    Household plumbing contains lead                  pH, lead, copper

    Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich                  Radon

    Corrosion of pipes, plumbing                 Corrosion, pH, lead

    Nearby areas of intensive agriculture                 Nitrate, pesticides,         coliform bacteria

    Coal or other mining operations nearby               Metals, pH, corrosion

    Gas drilling operations nearby               Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium

    Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station, or dry-cleaning operation nearby          Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals

    Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks            Volatile organic compounds

    Objectionable taste or smell             Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals

    Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry

                Iron, copper, manganese

     

    Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby              Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium

    Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather              Hardness

    Rapid wear of water treatment equipment             pH, corrosion

    Water softener needed to treat hardness              Manganese, iron

    Water appears cloudy, frothy, or colored             Color, detergents


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