Have you recently purchased a new farm or ranch? If so, congratulations! You are embarking on a whole new chapter of your life. To do it right, however, you are going to have to think about your well water.

The truth is, every new farm or ranch owner needs to test their well water and not just for contaminants. They will need to get it tested for other things including the quality of the sources of the water. Here are a few reasons why you should get your water tested today, and how testing can help you in the future.

The EPA Recommends Annual Testing but Not Everyone Complies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended annual water testing every spring for farmers and ranchers for years. There are a number of reasons why they suggest this but, at the end of the day, not everyone complies. This means that your new farm or ranch may have water testing results that are years, if not decades, old.

Outdated testing results means that your water could be housing a lot of surprises, from lead or minerals from outdated piping to bacteria and other biological health risks. Regardless, if you have a new farm or ranch, you should have the well water tested right away.

You Need to Understand Your Water System

Your new property is likely off the municipal grid, which means its water system is likely a mix of old and new. That means it likely has some idiosyncrasies, and maybe a couple of surprises.

When you get your water tested, you are also getting a window into the potential problems of the system you bought, and potential issues it could have later on. These issues include problems like rust, lead and biological contaminants as discussed above. They could also include structural issues, ones that regular and quality water testing could reveal.

You May Be Running Out of Water

One of the frustrations that can come with a new farm or ranch is that you may not know how long your well water aquifers are going to last. Sometimes, the farm was on its last legs for water sources, meaning that the new owners will have to find new sources sooner than they may imagine.

When you are testing your water for its safety, you will want to consider a water survey to better understand the quality of your current aquifers and well water sources. For that, be sure to call water finders that use the latest in seismoelectric technology to find and asses quality, reliable aquifers on your property. Plus, they find the water before you call in the drillers, meaning your water sources can be clearly found before you start paying for expensive exploratory digging.

We are dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers get the water they need to live and operate their operations. Especially as water becomes harder and more expensive to find, it pays to invest in regular water testing and quality water surveying on your farms. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the water you need on your farm or ranch. Click here to learn more.