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How to Test Your Well Water: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Your Water Quality

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Well-water is a necessity for off-the-grid homeowners. While well water is usually dependable and safe to drink and clean with, it runs the risk of contamination.

Exterior factors, including inclement weather and animals, pose a risk to the integrity of a well. Interior factors such as sediment buildup and corrosion also impact water potability.

A breach in the well poses a risk in terms of potential:

  • Toxins
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Microorganisms
  • Chemicals

At Blue Heron, we work with families across Bucks County, PA managing well maintenance with a strong focus on water quality. Here, we’ll walk you through the important factors involved in well-water testing.

Understanding Water Treatments

The water in your well is treated with disinfectants like chlorine. This deters microorganisms and bacteria from forming. The water is also flushed through large filters to filter out debris and sediment.

Well water, or groundwater, comes from a reservoir beneath the ground. If contaminants penetrate the well or come in through rainwater, it could become a health concern.

Well water gets tested to ensure the level of contaminants vs. water treatments and filtration leave your water safe to drink. Some of the issues experts look for during testing include:

  • Nitrates
  • Fluoride
  • Coliform bacteria
  • Arsenic
  • Sulfates
  • Lead
  • Chemicals
  • Pesticides

Different cities and states contend with different types of problems and causes. Local authorities may even warn against certain potential problems in the area so you get a jump start on resolving those risks early.

An annual well water test indicates normal or abnormal levels of contaminants in your water. From there, a professional treats your water to modify anything out of the ordinary.

Testing Your Well Water

The most accurate way to test your well water is through a certified laboratory test. Working with Blue Heron Water, a professional well-maintenance service, ensures your water is tested with the highest level of technology, available resources and the result is acceptable for legal and home sale transactions.

Once your well water test results are reported by the certified laboratory, our professionals at Blue Heron Water analyze the results to determine the best treatment options for contaminants outside the potable drinking water regulations.  We as WQA (Water Quality Association) members, work to remove contaminants in the most economical and thorough way possible.  Our job is to provide you with clean, safe drinking water for your family.

Your well should be inspected for maintenance once a year. Having water tested at the same time saves time and money. 

If you live in Bucks County, PA, or surrounding areas and want to test your well water, we can help. Call us today to have a reliable service professional test your well.

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