Annual Water Testing
Many well water contaminants are not detectable by sight, taste or smell. That’s why annual inspection and testing of your well water are so important. Many of the substances we find in well water can cause health problems, such as arsenic, lead, copper, nitrates, nitrites or radon.
Other than an annual test, when else should you have your well inspected?
- When you are buying a home with a well
- When you are building a new home on a lot with a well
- There’s a change in water color, cloudiness, taste or odor
- There are laundry problems like dingy, stiff or streaked clothes
Many contaminants in well systems result from human activities such as manufacturing, agriculture or human mistakes; for example, failing to address leaking tanks. Your water may be fine one year but not the next year.
You should perform a test on your water quality when:
- The well has been flooded or overrun by surface water
- There has been plumbing repairs such as installation of water filtration or treatment system
- There has been work on the well itself
- Work is performed on a nearby septic system
- Septic system is within 50 feet of the well
- When a seasonal property is opened
- If there has been illness in the household
- You suspect contamination from nearby industrial or agricultural activities