WATER QUALITY TESTS & RECOMMENDED PRACTICES
The Environmental Protection Agency has regulations in place that protect public drinking water systems, however, there are no rules in place to protect privately owned wells. As an individual water systems owner, it is up to you to make sure that your water is safe to drink. The EPA recommends that homeowners have their water tested annually to ensure the quality of your water.
A Water Quality Indicator Test (WQI) measures the presence of contaminants, such as Total Coliforms and E. Coli. In most cases, the presence of such contaminants is not cause for sickness. However, they may indicate the presence of sewage and other disease causing bacteria in your water.
It is a good idea to have water tested once a year if you have people with weakened immune systems, such as young or elderly, living in your home.
It is also a good idea to check your well casing frequently for any damage, such as holes due to corrosion or cracks, that can allow bacteria to enter your water.
Martin Plumbing & Well Pump Service offers Water Quality Testing through state certified laboratories.