Does Your Well Water Need Testing?
Many of us who reside outside the city limits depend on private wells for our water supply. Well water can sometimes not taste or smell the best, and if it has high sulfur or iron content, it can be a problem down the road with our plumbing.
Even with these conditions well water is normally very safe to drink. But there are times when we have had a great deal of rain and flooding that we need to be aware of potential contamination of our well water supply. Also if you live near an industrial area or large farm, the odds are higher that your water supply may be suspect.
Test Your Water Supply
Having your water tested periodically can identify if any harmful bacteria or pollutants are present. It is recommended that you test your private well annually for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect the presence of other contaminants in your ground water, you should test for those also.
You may want to test more frequently if small children or elderly adults live in your house, or if someone in your house is pregnant or nursing. These individuals are often more vulnerable to pollutants than others.
You should also test your private well immediately if:
- There are known problems with ground water or drinking water in your area
- Conditions near your well have changed significantly i.e. flooding, land disturbances, and new construction or industrial activity
- You replace or repair any part of your well system.
- You notice a change in your water quality i.e. odor, color, taste.
- Members of your family have recurring gastro-intestinal illness
- Live near areas of intensive agriculture
- Smell odor of gasoline or fuel oil near buried fuel tanks
Brenneco Plumbing Can Help
If you suspect problems with your water supply, Brenneco Plumbing will test your water at no charge for a number of compounds and other substances. If a major issue is uncovered Brenneco Plumbing will direct you to your local health department. Additional information can be found at https://www.in.gov/health/eph/water-supply-information/.
Brenneco Plumbing can be reached at 765-448-6190.