Water Well Testing: Information Homeowners Need To Maintain A Safe Water Supply

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Residential water wells are a major source of drinking water throughout the United States. In fact, according to recent statistics published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 13 million households currently depend on the water they get from private water wells to supply their family's drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing needs.  

While most private water wells operate for decades with few issues or repair needs, homeowners should make regular testing a priority to ensure that the water quality remains safe. If you have a private water well for your home, but have not engaged in regular water testing, this information can help you understand why it is so important to do so. 

Water quality issues can arise rapidly

When purchasing a home with a private water well, buyers typically have the well components inspected and a water test performed as part of their inspection contingency process. In fact, some types of home mortgages, such as FHA, VA, and USDA Rural Development, may require proof of satisfactory results from a water test as part of their loan terms. 

However, these buyers may not realize that ongoing testing is necessary to ensure that water quality issues that develop later during their ownership are quickly noted and addressed.

Water quality issues can arise for many reasons, including: 

  • contamination by runoff from other properties or chemical spills
  • contamination from livestock or human manure 
  • contamination caused by leaks or damage to the plumbing pipes or well casing

Private water wells can also become contaminated due to flooding or when nearby underground pipelines deteriorate or become damaged in some manner. 

Your family may not show symptoms

A common misconception is that private well water quality issues will be quickly noticed because the people who drink it will be visibly sickened. However, this is not the case. 

Instead, each person can react differently to the contaminants, in part due to their overall health. Those who are in good health may not see any symptoms while others, including the very old and very young, may experience serious health concerns from drinking contaminated water. 

Well water tests look for unsafe levels of coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrates, and other potentially dangerous contaminants. To get more information about private water well testing, including how samples are taken, and how the testing process can help to protect your family from the dangers of contaminated water, contact a reputable water well testing company in your area. 

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