WE CHECK FOR THE FOLLOWING WELL WATER CONTAMINANTS:
- E. coli (Escherichia coli)
- Total Coliforms
Our samples are submitted to a state certified laboratory which tests for the presence of Escherichia Coli (e. Coli) and Total Coliforms.
TESTING WELL WATER FOR E. COLI (ESCHERICHIA COLI)
E. coli (Escherichia coli) is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. You get an E. coli infection by coming into contact with the feces, or stool, of humans or animals. This can happen when you drink water or eat food that has been contaminated by feces. Visit WebMD’s E. coli overview page for more information on this subject.
TESTING WELL WATER FOR TOTAL COLIFORMS
Total coliforms are a group of closely related bacteria that are (with few exceptions) not harmful to humans. Because total coliforms are common inhabitants of ambient water and may be injured by environmental stresses (e.g., lack of nutrients) and water treatment (e.g., chlorine disinfection) in a manner similar to many pathogens, EPA considers them a useful indicator of these pathogens. Health problems associated with these pathogens include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and vomiting. Together these symptoms comprise a general category known as gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is not usually serious for a healthy person, but it can lead to more serious problems for people with weakened immune systems, such as the very young, elderly, or immuno-compromised. Visit the EPA’s site for more information on bacteria, parasites, and viruses which can get into our drinking water.