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Testing Well Water

When people on public water systems turn on the faucet for a glass of water, they usually assume it’s fit to drink. But if your water comes from a private well, it’s up to you to routinely test your water to make sure nothing harmful has found its way in. The quality of a water source can change over time, even suddenly, without affecting how the water looks, smells, and tastes.

David Henrich is the president of Bergerson Caswell, a ground water service company in Maple Plain, Minnesota. He recommends testing your water at least once per year. 

"The odds that your water system is going to develop a problem, it’s moderately low. But, it’s one of those situations where unless you test, you don’t know," he says. "So, testing once a year for things like bacteria, nitrates and other regionally applicable things like maybe arsenic or manganese, might be a good thing to keep an eye on from year-to-year."

There are several ways to do this. Your local well contractor can test the water, you can buy a home water testing kit, or you can collect a water sample and send it to a lab.

"We recommend testing right from the kitchen faucet which is one of the most-highest used points in your house for water use," says Henrich. "Now we are testing your whole system because you wouldn’t want to just test right by the tank and then find out you have a problem somewhere else in your water system. So, testing at the kitchen faucet allows you to see what’s going on in your entire system."

If the test shows an issue with your water, don’t panic. Henrich says there are treatment solutions for everything so it’s important to take action right away.

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