Water quality testing provides the best peace of mind
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to individual water systems, such as privately owned wells. As an individual water system owner, it is up to you to make sure that your water is safe to drink. Cliff Bergin & Associates can help with this – give us a call to set up an appointment to take a water sample annually.
Test your well once each year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well. You should also have your well tested if:
- There are known problems with well water in your area
- You have experienced problems near your well (i.e., flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal sites)
- You replace or repair any part of your well system
- You notice a change in water quality (i.e., taste, color, odor)
Arsenic and Your Water
Why does your water suddenly have a strange odor or taste?
Without sampling and analyzing the water, it’s often impossible to tell precisely why it has a strange odor or taste. If you notice a sudden change in your water, there may be reason for concern. Changes can occur for a number of reasons—for example, a heavy rainfall or flooding can flush contaminants into the groundwater aquifer, resulting in the contaminants entering your well and water supply.
Because contaminants from distant sources may also move into your well through normal groundwater flowing through the aquifer, it is recommended that you test your private well annually and whenever you notice a sudden change.
Interesting Facts about Arsenic
- The word arsenic is derived from the Greek word arsenikon, meaning potent.
- Historically, arsenic has been known since ancient times—and was once used to treat rheumatism, asthma, tuberculosis, diabetes and malaria.
- Arsenic is used in ammunition manufacturing because it helps create harder and rounder bullets.
- Napoleon may have been poisoned by arsenic-tainted wine served to him while in exile.