I’m guessing this scenario is going to ring true for a lot of you who have private wells, it certainly hit home with me. While trying to develop less boring but still informative blogs I found out some interesting information this afternoon.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that your well be tested annually for: total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids (TDS) and pH levels. I can tell you right now that my well hasn’t been tested for coliform or nitrates since it was put in 15 years ago…guess we know what’s on my to do list! The TDS and pH levels were last tested in 2013, not great but, better than 15 years.
The CDC also recommends testing for other contaminants during your annual test if: you know of water related problems in your area, you’ve experienced problems with your well like flooding or slides, if you have had to replace any parts of your well system, or you notice a change in your water quality.
Lucky for me I have the nuisance water part taken care of with my ICS system but, I would have liked to have known that these tests were recommended when my home was being built. On the plus side, no one at my home has been sick, and we don’t have kids so the effects of nitrates are still serious but, aren’t going to cause any blue babies at my house, but they need to be addressed if present.
Now that I’ve got you freaking out a little (sorry about that), the CDC also has a link to the state certified labs that can do the testing for you. We can test for some nuisance contaminants here but, cannot test for nitrates or coliform, those have to be tested at certified labs.
I’m not saying we all have contaminated wells, I’m saying that it is good to know what testing is suggested so that we’re not all deer in the headlights when something comes up about drinking water. Also knowing which tests are required or are suggested are especially important if you are about to sell your home. Most of the time some sort of water testing has to be done if your home is on a well prior to the sale of the home going through.
Moral to the story, knowing what is in your water is important and having your water tested regularly is a good habit to form.