When you access your drinking water through a private well instead of a municipal water utility, you can never be sure of what's in your water. That's why you need regular well inspections and water testing. Without proper precautions, you could unknowingly be consuming contaminants. Here are some of the key impurities to look for.
4 Contaminants to Test for During a Water Well Inspection
Nitrate is a common groundwater contaminant that's particularly dangerous for children under six months of age. It's known to cause methemoglobinemia—or "blue baby" syndrome. Nitrate reaches well water primarily through runoff containing fertilizers, septic system overflows, and manure storage and spreading. It is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, so water testing during a well inspection is the only way to determine its presence in your water.
You should also test for ions like sodium, chloride, sulphate, iron, and manganese. They are usually not dangerous but can impair the flavor of your drinking water. These can be removed through an ion exchange process using a water softener.
Sulfate is a common salt compound of sulfuric acid found in the soil, and water can absorb it as it moves through the earth. Although it is not toxic in small doses, it can cause a stomach upset and diarrhea in stronger concentrations. At such levels, you may detect a bitter or medicinal flavor.
4. Coliform Bacteria
Coliform bacteria are present in the feces of all warm-blooded creatures. Although they are unlikely themselves to cause illness, their presence is a sign that other pathogens may be present. Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but others may induce bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, or vomiting.
For water testing and well inspections, contact Luisier Drilling in Oconto Falls, WI. They have served the Greater Green Bay area since 1936 and offer 24/7 emergency pump service. They also specialize in water well drilling, hydrofracking, and water system installation. All of their wells come with a 10-year guarantee, so you can feel comfortable with your investment. Visit their website to request more information, or call (920) 848-5239 to arrange a consultation.