Keywords: water testing, water analysis, well waterDescription:  Many farms use well water. Here is why and how to test the water to ensure it’s safe for consumption.

Well water carries the possibility of contamination if the groundwater it draws from is close to a farm (manure, pesticides, etc.) or near sources of concentrated natural elements like boron. Today we will briefly discuss types of well water testing for farms, and why you should regularly test the water.

Water analysis tests

We recommend domestic water testing for bacteriological and chemical contaminants. Remember, water quality can undergo changes at any time, especially after floods or droughts. Furthermore, water may contain harmful bacteria and viruses that are odourless and colorless. Regular testing can help you catch a developing contamination issue and help keep you and your family safe.

One of the most common contaminants found in well water is coliform bacteria. You need to check for total coliform (TC), which is mainly found in the digestive tracts of warm-blooded animals, soil, and surface water. E coli./fecal coliforms can potentially cause diarrhea, hepatitis, and dysentery.

The pH level is another component to test for. It basically means how acidic or basic your well water is. If the pH of the domestic water is too high or too low, it can change the taste and color. Moreover, the pipes can be damaged and cause heavy metals to leak out into the water, changing the pH level.

Nitrates are chemicals of concern found in groundwater. A nitrate test is a must for all wells since high levels of nitrate are dangerous for infants who can contract a disease called “blue baby” syndrome. It’s formed by dead and decaying soil matter, human wastes, and manure. Elevated nitrate levels can also occur as a result of using nitrate fertilizers excessively.

Other man-made chemicals and metals should be tested in well water. Arsenic from rock can leach into the water has severe long-term hazards. Lead and copper usually leach out of pipes. Humans use herbicides, solvents, insecticides, and other chemicals that lead to unsafe levels.

When to get your water tested?

Well water should be tested at least once or twice a year, preferably late spring or early summer. You should also get your well water tested if there are known observable problems or changes such as recent flooding, land disturbances and pipeline damage.

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