The importance of water well testing & water well inspections
The National Groundwater Association (NGA)recommends that well owners perform above all public water supply testing, but also other well water testing & well water inspections annually to prevent contaminated well water. Well water inspections done annually will help ensure the water source if free of harmful contaminates such as radon, arsenic, bacteria, E-coli and much more. Well owners are responsible to ensuring its quality & safety. Also, even if the water is intended not for human consumption, but for livestock or irrigation, it is still important to get it well water quality testing done to determine if the water is suitable for those uses. This will help you to make informed decisions about the water and how to use it. Water well testing & water well inspections may need to be done more frequently if:
- You just moved into a property with a water well on it
- You are thinking about buying a property with a well on it
- The new property has a well on it and you want to know information on it
- There is a newborn in the house
- There is sudden changes in the water, such as color and odor changes
- Someone in the family keeps suffering from gastrointestinal issues
Regular water well inspections ensure that:
Identify existing well problems or water issues
See if the water is safe to drink
Improve the quality of the water
See if the current treatment is working
Common well water inspections:
Public water supply testing & well water inspections can be simple as the issues are easy to spot, such as debris and dirt, but some need testing through a certified lab, such as PCS . For that matter, we offer a wide range of water well testing along with treatment options. Below are some common tests that we perform on existing wells.
Is your water well system clean?
With water well testing & well water quality testing – it is wise to see if the well system itself is clean. Even more importantly, a dirty well can be a perfect environment for certain types of harmful bacteria. Likewise, tests from a dirty well can be incorrect, where they state the water is fine, when it is not. The first thing to remember is that if your well system is dirty, then your water will also be dirty, cloudy, murky and/or have taste or odor problems. Moreover, if these problems continue, then it is possible that harmful bacteria could grow. Texan Water does public water supply testing that can determine if your water well system is dirty. Some water well testing we do help determine the amount of debris, the source of it, and if it is harmful. Afterwards, we can remove harmful bacteria, remove debris and clean the well.
Thinking of buying a property with a well on it?
Thinking of doing your own public water supply testing? Below are some DIY options when you are thinking of buying property with a well on it. Firstly check out if there are any well information here. Secondly, physically inspect the well.
- Age – New wells using new drilling technologies will likely not have many issues
- Casing height – the lining of the well (the casing) is 12 or more inches above the land surface.
- Casing depth – the casing extends 50 or more feet below the land surface.
- Condition of the well above ground – No cracks, everything is tight.
- Water well inspections –If none are available, it is a good idea to get one.
- Are there any pollution sources – Is there any agriculture, septic system, etc.
- Distance from pollution sources – Is the well is at least 100 feet away from potential pollution
sources (State regulated also)
- Soil type – Fine soil such as clay is better at filtering.
This information was used from Wellcares information on your well
More information on well water quality testing & well water inspections
Schedule Texan Water to do your well water testing or public water supply testing. Click here.
The Groundwater Foundation www.groundwater.org
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/safewater
Environmental Protection Agency’s list on contaminants in well water https://www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations