There is no such thing as naturally pure drinking water.
Nature recycles water through condensation and evaporation. The Earth's water is stored in the ground, above ground in lakes, oceans and man made structures. Eventually it all goes full cycle in a never ending loop. That all sounds pristine and quite healthy. However, as water works through the cycle it is exposed to both natural and man made substances contaminating it. Nature provides contaminants such as minerals, decaying matter and living organisms while mankind provides chemicals and manufactured hazardous waste.
The good news is that most contaminants are harmless in small amounts. However, problems arise when the amount of certain contaminants rise to dangerous levels. This is why cities and towns all around the world operate water treatment facilities. Whether the source of water is a well, lake or river the water needs to be treated to lower the levels of certain contaminants.
What if I don't live in town and have my own well?
The quality of your private well drinking water is your responsibility. Regular water testing is important to protect you and your family from waterborne contaminants. The EPA recommends that you test your water annually for coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.
If you suspect a particular type of contamination you should make sure your water is tested specifically for that. Many areas commonly have problems with arsenic and other dangerous contaminants. If you are aware of any such issues with other wells in the area, add those contaminants to the list of things to test for.
Testing more frequently may be advisable in certain situations.
- Unexplained illnesses in the family.
- Your neighbors find dangerous contaminates in their water.
- You notice a change in the smell, taste or color of your water.
- There is a chemical or fuel spill near your well.
- After replacing or repairing any part of your well system.
Trust a qualified professional.
AEM Mechanical Services, Inc. in Hutchinson, Minnesota is one such professional. They have years of experience dealing with wells and providing solutions when well water quality is an issue. They send water samples to a state approved lab for testing so you can rest assured your test results are accurate and reliable.