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Contaminated private well water causes 26% of the drinking water outbreaks that make people sick. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rules that protect public water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. Most states have rules for private wells, but these rules may not completely protect private wells.
It's up to you to make sure that your well water is safe to drink!
We provide free water testing for pH, iron, hardness, nitrates, and TDS (total dissolved solids). We can also help analyze your well to ensure the proper treatment and show you where to go for installation information and/or technical assistance.
Get expert advice on issues such as iron, sulfur, manganese, dirt, sediment, smell, taste, color, chlorination, e-coli, coliform, bacteria, turbidity, arsenic, radon, radium, acid water, problem well water and virtually all other water treatment applications and situations.
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√The pH level tells you how acidic your water is. The pH level of the water can change how your water looks and tastes. If the pH of your water is too low or too high, it could damage your pipes, cause metals like lead to leak out of the pipes into your water, and make you sick.
√Nitrates are naturally found in many types of food. However, high levels of nitrates in drinking water can make you sick. Nitrates in your well water can come from animal waste, septic systems, wastewater, flooded sewers, contaminated storm water runoff, fertilizers, agricultural runoff, and decaying plants. A nitrate test is recommended for all wells. If the nitrate level in your water is higher than the EPA standards, you should look for other ways to treat your water.
√Total dissolved solids refer to minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. This includes anything present in the water other than pure water and suspended solids. (Suspended solids are particles or substances that are neither dissolved or settled in the water, such as wood pulp.) Some dissolved solids come from organic sources such as leaves, silt, plankton, and industrial sewage and waste. Other sources come from winter road salts, fertilizers and pesticides used on farms and lawns. Dissolved solids also come from inorganic materials such as rocks and air that may contain calcium bicarbonate, nitrogen, iron phosphorous, sulfur, and other minerals. These materials form salts that are compounds and contain both a metal and a nonmetal. Salts usually dissolve in water forming ions. Ions are particles that have a positive or negative charge. Water can also pick up metals such as copper and lead as they travel through pipes that are used to distribute water to the consumers.
√Sulfur -the most obvious sign of a sulfur bacteria problem is the distinctive "rotten egg" smell of hydrogen sulfide gas. As with odors caused by iron bacteria, the sulfur smell may only be noticeable when the water hasn't been run for several hours.
√Iron and manganese are metals found in some drinking water supplies. These metals may cause reddish-brown or black stains on clothes and household fixtures.
√Chlorination is the most common solution used for disinfection of water. Chlorine is a strong oxidizing agent capable of reacting with several impurities in water including ammonia, proteins, iron, manganese, and amino acids.
√E. coli comes from human and animal wastes. During rainfall, snow melts, or other types of precipitation, E. coli may be washed into rivers, creeks, lakes, streams, or groundwater. When these waters are used as sources of drinking water and the water is not properly treated E. coli may end up in drinking water. This strain of bacteria produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness.
√Coliform bacteria are microbes found in the digestive systems of warm-blooded animals, in soil, plants, and surface water. These microbes typically do not make you sick. But, because microbes that do cause disease are hard to test for in water, "total coliforms" are tested instead. If the total coliform level is high, then it is very possible that harmful viruses, bacteria, and parasites might also be found in the water.
√Bacteria are small organisms that occur naturally in water. Not all types of bacteria are harmful. Biological contamination has two forms pathogenic (disease causing) and non-pathogenic (non-disease causing). All water supplies should be tested for biological content prior to use and consumption.
√Turbidity refers to how clear the water is. The higher the amount of total suspended solids (TSS) in the water, the cloudier it appears and the turbidity levels are higher. The major source of turbidity in open water zones of most lakes is typically phytoplankton. Closer to the shore, it may also be clay and silt from shoreline erosion, bottom sediments and organic detritus from stream and wastewater discharge.
√Arsenic can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness. It can also cause damage to the skin, circulatory problems, and increases the risk of cancer.
√Radon is a extremely toxic colorless gas that can increase the risk of lung cancer. Sources of radon are found in the earth and rock beneath homes, well water, and in building materials.
√Radium increases the risk of cancer.
√Acid water is usually caused by the seeping of acid mine water or acidic industrial waste. Acid mine water is often too low in pH to provide suitable drinking water.
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