Why a regular water test is important

Water quality test kit

11 Jan, 2019

Gabe Ergler

Why test my water?

The one thing we know for certain about water, is that it can and does change, a water test is the only way to know what is in your water. Whether you are on a well or a city source you should test your water on a regular basis.

Testing your private well’s water quality is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source. The test results allow you to properly address the specific problems of a water supply. This will help ensure that the water source is being properly protected from potential contamination, and that appropriate treatment is selected and operating properly.

Regular testing is important to:

  • Identify existing problems
  • Ensure water is suitable for its intended use, especially if it’s being used for drinking by people or animals
  • Tracks changes over time
  • Determine if water treatment is being effective.

Changes can occur over time and are normal but can go unnoticed. The water may look, smell, and taste, the same but yet have contaminants.

Is my water safe to drink?

The only way to know if your water is safe is to have a certified lab perform a test. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants are not visible to the naked eye so even if water looks and tastes good it may not be safe to drink. These microbes can exist in groundwater supplies and may cause you and your family to become ill.

Mineral contents in water:

Most well water has minerals present. Things like iron, manganese, hardness etc. while not unsafe, can be quite troublesome. Staining, scale deposits, water spots, dingy laundry and many other nuisance problems can be caused by minerals.

 

How often should you test your water?

Well water should be tested at least once per year. If your water has health related contaminants such as bacteria, arsenic, lead, etc. you may want to test more frequently. It’s important to test at the site and at the faucet. This will help you to know if your treatment is working and at what capacity. Contact your local county health department for the names and contact information for labs in your area. Once you know your water is “Healthy” for drinking contact Cascadian and we’ll take a look at the minerals in your water.

The good news is whether it’s a health concern like bacteria or a nuisance mineral like iron, Cascadian Water can help solve your problems. We offer a variety of water treatment options. With Cascadian Water you can have hassle free, great tasting, clean water, at a fraction of the price of conventional treatments. Visit us  www.cascadianwater.com or call us at 509-674-4000 for more information on our Integrated Cartridge Solution (ICS) System