According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about fifteen percent of people rely on water from wells. Making sure the well water you drink is clean and not contaminated is an important process. In fact, well water can carry health risks if it is not checked regularly. The last thing you want is for you and your family to be drinking contaminated well water that can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and even lead to more complicated health issues.
Unlike public drinking water, the government is not responsible for inspecting well water for safety. That means it is up to you to make sure you have your well water tested by a reputable company such as Ark Home Inspection. Testing the water on a regular basis can stop any possible contamination from happening. Annual testing should check for bacteria and nitrates. Wells that are found near livestock, as well as septic tanks, and shallow wells, are more susceptible to bacterial contamination.
Be sure to conduct a basic well water check every summer, and for camps and summer homes, testing should be done before you move into the residence. Other tests include searching for contaminants such as for uranium, lead, arsenic, radon, and other types of heavy metals. You should test for these contaminants when using the well for the first time. If contaminants are discovered, their concentration levels will be checked to see if they exceed safety standards.
The EPA recommends that a well should be fifty feet away from septic tanks and livestock, and one hundred feet away from liquid-tight manure storage and petroleum tanks. It should be 250 feet away from manure stacks. When it does rain, the rain water should roll away, instead of towards it. For more information about protecting your well water and to have it tested, contact us at Ark Home Inspection today at 330-760-5048.