Maintaining a dependable and safe supply of water necessitates frequent testing of your private well's water quality. It's possible to solve particular issues with a water supply after doing tests on it. The water supply will be better safeguarded, and the necessary treatment will be used to remediate the pollution that may occur.
It's critical to evaluate your water's appropriateness for its intended purpose, whether it's for drinking, chemical spraying, or animal irrigation. If you do routine water testing, you can spot issues before they become worse, make sure the water is safe to drink for people and animals, monitor changes over time, and figure out if a treatment system is working.
The health and safety of a water supply, as well as the effectiveness of a water treatment system, may be determined using useful assays. The health department in your area can help you decide which tests are most essential for evaluating the quality of your drinking water.
Common Water Tests Carried Out
Potability of water at the most basic level
Coliform bacteria should be tested for, as well as nitrates and pH levels and total dissolved solids and hardness. Microorganisms that may be detrimental to human health may be detected by looking for coliform bacteria in water.
Groundwater is the primary source of contamination with this frequent pollutant. High levels of nitrate in the blood may be especially harmful for infants under the age of six months because nitrate reduces the amount of oxygen that can be carried by the blood.
Inorganic Matter Inorganic matter such as sulphate, iron, and manganese may taint water by imparting an unpleasant taste or smell. Laxative effects or gastrointestinal discomfort are possible with excessive sulphate intake.
Fluoride is a vital micronutrient, but too much of it may lead to tooth issues if consumed in large quantities.
Sodium, chloride, and sulphate are examples of inorganic compounds that dissolve in water. Water's flavour may be harmed by high concentrations of dissolved solids (TDS).
If a specific pollutant is detected in the water, further testing may be necessary. Arsenic, selenium, and uranium, for example, are sometimes evaluated in groundwater sources. Pesticide contamination may be determined from both surface and groundwater sources.