Do You Know What’s in Your Well Water?As a well water user you know the benefits and the risks of using well water for drinking, cooking, bathing, doing your family's laundry and watering your garden.
But, did you know, you’re responsible for making sure your water is safe?
Most wells provide a clean, safe supply of water. But, contaminants can pollute private wells. Because you can't see, smell or taste most contaminants, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment says you should test your water on a regular basis. We recommend testing at least once per year.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons To Test Your Well Water At Least Once A Year
- Bacteria levels in the water can change over time.
- Farming or livestock ranching in your area means nitrates can be found where fertilizers have been applied or livestock waste is found.
- If children are drinking the water on a regular basis, fluoride levels should be between 1 and 2 milligrams per liter (mg/l). Fluoride levels of less than 1 mg/l may prevent the proper development of teeth. Supplements may be needed.
- An odor of rotten eggs indicates the presence of sulfur. This is easily treated with chlorine.
- If kitchen and bathroom fixtures are stained it may mean the presence of copper, iron, manganese or zinc.