• The Importance of Private Well Water Testing

    Why Should I Test My Well Water?

    Testing your private well's water quality on a regular basis 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.

    It is important to test the water quality for its intended use, whether it be for household use, outside use and most importantly drinking water. This will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you use it. Mike's Water Treatment has a certified water analyst that will come to your home and provide an accurate water analysis with recommendations and options. " No Cost and No Obligation"                                  

    Regular testing is important to:

    • Identify existing problems that ensure water is suitable for the intended use, especially if used for drinking by humans and animals.
    • Track changes over time determine the effectiveness of a treatment system.
    • The quality of a water source may change over time, even suddenly.
    • Changes can go unnoticed as the water may look, smell, and taste the same.

    Is My Water Safe To Drink?

    The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested at the local Health Unit or a certified laboratory. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so water that looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink. These microbes can exist in surface and groundwater supplies and can cause immediate sickness in humans if not properly treated.

    Certain chemical contaminants and heavy metals that are sometimes found in a water source can cause long term health problems that take years to develop. Frequent water testing will identify unsafe water and ensure that the treatment system is treating the water to a satisfactory level.

    What Tests Should I Have Done?

    Useful tests are available to help determine the health and safety of water supply, and the performance of a water treatment system. Mike's Water Treatment can assist in selecting tests important for assessing your drinking water.

    • Basic water potability Includes tests for coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH, sodium, chloride, fluoride, sulfate, iron, manganese, total dissolved solids, and hardness.
    • Coliform bacteria Indicate the presence of microorganisms in the water that are potentially harmful to human health.
    • Ions such as sodium, chloride, sulfate, iron, and manganese can impart objectionable taste or odour to the water.
    • Sulfate, excessive amounts of sulfate can have a laxative effect or cause gastrointestinal irritation. e
    • Total dissolved solids Represent the number of inorganic substances (i.e. sodium, chloride, sulfate) that are dissolved in the water. High total dissolved solids (TDS) can reduce the palatability of the water.
    • Heavy Metals: Additional testing, other tests may be appropriate if a particular contaminant is suspected in the water. For instance, groundwater sources are sometimes tested for arsenic, selenium, and uranium. Both surface and groundwater sources may also be tested for pesticide contamination. 

    How Often Should I Test My Well Water?

    Private well water should be tested a minimum of once per year for Bacteria. Drinking water supplies obtained from shallow wells and surface water sources should be tested more frequently (i.e. seasonally), as they are more susceptible to contamination.

    It is important to test your drinking water at the tap and source. Testing both will help you determine if your treatment system is performing correctly and if the quality of your source water has changed.