Water contaminants are any form of foreign substance, which is mixed into water. Some contaminants are benign, however, some can pose serious health risks to you, your family, or animals. These harmful substances can take several forms including physical, chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants. Some of these contaminants are naturally occurring (radon, uranium, and arsenic) while others are the byproducts of land use (fertilizers, pesticides, sewage, or industrial waste). The result can be lifelong ailments.
When should I check for water contaminants?
How frequently should I test?
Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if you have a new well, or have replaced or repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing.