Drinking Water Testing: When and Why to Have It Done

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Our team at Progressive Water Solutions LLC has over 30 years in the water treatment business, and one of the many services that we offer is home drinking water testing. This service is a necessary part of home maintenance for anyone who gets their water from a well, rather than from a municipal supply, as private wells do not receive the same water treatment. In this article, we’ll go over more about when you should have routine water testing done, as well as some circumstances in which you might want to have it done “out of season.”

Drinking Water Testing: When and Why to Have It Done

Routine Drinking Water Testing

At minimum, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends having well water tested at least once per year, ideally in the spring. As part of this routine testing, you should have your technician check for total coliform bacteria, total dissolved solids, nitrates, and pH levels, as well as other contaminants that you have reason to suspect are present.

Other Reasons to Get Your Water Tested

The CDC also recommends that you have drinking water testing done on your well in any of the following scenarios:

  • If You’ve Had Problems Near Your Well – If the area around your well or property as a whole has been subject to flooding, soil disturbances, or waste disposal issues, it’s wise to have your drinking water tested for contaminants.
  • If You’ve Had Work Done on Your Well System – After you have any part of your well system repaired or replaced, you should have your water tested to make sure it’s still safe to drink and that no contaminants have been introduced.
  • If There’s Been a Change in Your Water Quality – You should also have your drinking water tested any time you notice a change in its quality–for example, if it starts to look, taste, or smell different.