This post was guest written by Haferman Water Conditioning, a Twin Cities water softeners and drinking water supplier. For more information on the company, please visit www.HafermanWater.com.
It’s not enough just to look at water to tell if it’s clean or not. Obviously, a good indicator of something being wrong with your water is obvious smell, taste or color, but other problems can be lurking that you might not know without a thorough water analysis.
Many well owners seem to think that just because their water doesn’t come from a public system that they’re exempt from this rule. That could be farther from the case. Your well water will only retain quality as long as it’s maintained. This is an ongoing process all well owners of which all well owners need to be cognizant.
What problems can impact my well?
If your well water has been polluted by human or animal waste, bacteria could be in your water system. Waste can transmit a range of different, infectious diseases like salmonellosis, hepatitis, dysentery and more.
This is a common contaminant of Minnesota groundwater, and elevated levels are caused often by barnyard or feedlot run-off, septic systems or excessive fertilizer use. If you have a well that’s shallow, dug with non-watertight casings or damaged, it’s highly vulnerable to nitrate contamination.
Lead isn’t found usually in the well water itself, but rather the household plumbing components. If this is the case, then the lead can dissolve slowly into the water, and higher levels can occur the longer water stands idle.
Arsenic naturally occurs in about half of Minnesota wells, and approximately 10% of those wells have arsenic levels that exceed the state health level.
- Other contaminants
Other contaminants that commonly impact Minnesota wells include pesticides, volatile organic chemicals and fluoride.
How can I fix problems with my well water quality?
The first step to fixing well water quality issues is to make sure the well drilling and installation was properly done in the first place. If it wasn’t, then this could be a leading issue of why your well is contaminated.
If the installation and drilling was done correctly, you’ll want to have a water analysis run on your home’s water. From this, we’ll be able to tell what contaminants are plaguing your water supply, and we can offer solutions on how to best solve them.
Since you have a private well, it’s your responsibility to ensure it remains healthy. Be sure to have your well tested and maintained.