When was the last time you tested your family’s drinking water? If it was more than 12 months ago, it’s time to schedule water testing and analysis with a local, certified laboratory. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises homeowners to analyze the quality of their well water annually. Staying on top of regular testing will ultimately protect your family’s health. Below, the knowledgeable team at LV Laboratories LLC in Lancaster, WI, explains what to expect during annual water testing and analysis.
E. Coli Testing
The presence of coliform bacteria in a water source indicates contamination by human or animal waste. More general bacteria testing will reveal whether a water source has total coliform, which is a broad category of bacteria, while specific tests can identify the presence of E. coli. If a water sample has this, it is a sign of fecal contamination. It’s essential to fix it immediately because consuming it causes serious illness.
Animal manure, fertilizer, and sewage are all common sources of nitrates. If they get into the water, those who drink it can fall ill. Consuming high levels of nitrates can result in methemoglobinemia, which can cause respiratory distress and digestive problems. In severe cases, it can result in brain damage. Babies are especially susceptible to this condition so nitrate testing from certified laboratories is critical in homes where any infants are drinking formula mixed with water.
If your family’s drinking water is overdue for testing, turn to LV Laboratories LLC. Thanks to their after-hours drop box, it’s easy and convenient to get comprehensive water testing. Serving residential, commercial, and municipal clients throughout southwest Wisconsin, this family-owned business has been checking the quality of local water sources for more than 20 years. Learn more about their services by visiting their website or calling (608) 723-4096.