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Know What Is Tested When Looking at Well-Water Quality

When you use well water for your home, it is important to know that your water will be safe for drinking. If you plan on having your water tested by a professional, know what they will be looking for.

Coliform Bacteria

If you ingest water that has coliform bacteria in it, you will have extreme gastro-intestinal discomfort and pain. This is due to the microbes that can be in ground water. While it is hard to test to determine whether your water has coliform bacteria in it, testing can be done by looking at the total count of coliform in your water. If there is a high amount of coliform, the water is not safe for drinking.

Your well-water test results should come back as unsatisfactory or satisfactory. If the water is unsatisfactory, you will need to cleanse your well to make it safe for drinking the water. The process involves making a bleach-water solution and pouring it into your well so that it covers the walls of your well. Every water faucet in your house must then be turned on to flush the water through the system. Another well-water sample will be taken to determine whether this has fixed the problem.

pH Levels

When you have well-water pH levels that are too basic or acidic, the water can erode the pipes that the water travels though, and that will make you become ill. A pH test is incredibly easy to do since local pool stores have these types of tests. If the test says your water is between 6.5 and 8.6 pH, your water is safe for drinking.

When levels are not safe for drinking, there is a way to fix the problem. Incrementally adding soda ash until your pH levels is correct is the best way to do this. Just be sure to flush the old water out of your pipes by running the water for several minutes before you test again.


Many fertilizers contain nitrates, and it's possible that they will seep into the well if there is farming occurring around your well. If not treated, nitrates can be potentially fatal to small children. Since it is difficult to test for water that has nitrates on your own due to the equipment being too expensive to own, you'll need to call a professional to do the job for you. Using reverse-osmosis filtering is the best way remove nitrates if they are in your well water.

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