Yearly Well Testing
EPA regulations that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. As a result, owners of private wells are responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants.
The Water That Comes From Your Well
According to the CDC:
Over 15 million U.S. households rely on private, household wells for drinking water. All private wells use ground water. If polluted ground water is consumed, it could cause illness. Ground water pollution can be caused by seepage through landfills, failed septic tanks, underground fuel tanks, fertilizers and pesticides, and runoff from urban areas. It is important that private ground water wells are checked regularly to ensure that the water is safe for drinking.
(Source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/private/wells/ )
Testing Drinking Water from a Well
The CDC also recommends the following for testing your well water:
...[T]est it once each year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well. [...] You should also have your well tested if: There are known problems with well water in your area; You have experienced problems near your well (i.e., flooding, land disturbances, and nearby waste disposal sites); You replace or repair any part of your well system; You notice a change in water quality (i.e., taste, color, odor).
If any of these apply to you and you'd like to have your water tested, we can help.
State-specific recommendations also exit. For example, in the image to the right (Which you can magnify by clicking on it), we can see that the state of North Carolina recommends some tests yearly, others every 2 or 5 years, and others based on your specific situation (If you are nursing or pregnant, if you are aware of pesticide use, etc.).
Start the yearly habit of testing your home's well water
If you're already testing your home's water every year, we'd like to help you do it better, faster, and with results that you can rely on from an EPA certified lab. If you haven't started testing your well yet, we're here to answer any questions you may have. We have a combined decades of experience in the study and testing of drinking water, and can share this experience with you through our testing services.
Thanks for putting your trust in us, so you can trust your water.