WHAT’S IN YOUR DRINKING WATER?
Your family’s health depends on a safe, reliable source of water for drinking, bathing and other needs. Your well is also valuable because it represents a large financial investment. These are two good reasons for protecting your well.
Well water can become contaminated without any change in the water’s taste, smell or appearance. The following are common contaminants found in residential wells:
Total Coliform Bacteria: A natural part of the microbiology of soils, insects and warm-blooded animals, coliform bacteria is the primary indicator for the presence of disease-causing organisms in water.
E. Coli: Since E. Coli bacteria are found in fecal material, they may indicate contamination with bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause flu like systems such as nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea.
Nitrates: Elevated levels can be in indication of contamination by farm chemicals, lawn fertilizers or septic saturation. Nitrates can pose a serious health risk to young infants.
Copper: Copper is present in plumbing lines in most households. Homes that have new copper plumbing or a naturally soft water supply are more likely to have copper-contaminated water. Symptoms caused by excessive copper exposure include stomach upsets, abdominal cramping, diarrhea and headaches.
Lead: Houses built before 1985 may contain lead pipes or lead-based solder. Lead can cause serious health problems in young children.
Fluoride: Fluoride is found naturally in water. While low levels of fluoride are desirable, excessive amounts may mottle teeth.
Iron: Iron is leached from rock and soil while the well water is underground and will remain in solution until exposed to air, iron is not harmful but causes staining of fixtures and an unpalatable taste and appearance.
Manganese: Manganese, like iron, is leached from the soil and causes staining of fixtures and an unpalatable taste and appearance.
Carlson Plumbing can come out and test your water for Bacteria.
And if you do have bacteria, we have a way to take care of this problem.
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