Bacteria in your well water & what to check

bacteria in well water

BACTERIA PREVENTION IN WELL WATER

Coliform bacteria is a large group with many different kinds of bacteria. Most Coliform bacteria are harmless. Various types of Coliform live in the soil and even on surfaces in your home, but they do not occur naturally in groundwater. If Coliform bacteria (sometimes reported as Total Coliform) are found in your well water, it is an indication that disease-causing bacteria could get in the same way. If any Coliform bacteria are found, the lab does a second test to look for the special sub-group of Coliform that live in the guts of mammals and birds. This test is for E. coli or Fecal Coliform. These bacteria indicate that your well water has come into contact with animal waste indicating a very high risk for transmitting disease.

POTENTIAL CAUSES OF BACTERIA IN YOUR WELL WATER

  1. Problems with the top of the well. Is the cap loose? Are there any open holes in the cap? Are there cracks or holes in the well pipe? If you find any of these problems, this could be the source of bacteria. Fix the problem first, then shock chlorinate the well. Test again before using the water.
  2. Work was done recently on the well, pump, or plumbing system. If the water system was not disinfected after the work, this may be your source of bacteria. Shock chlorinate your water system and test the water again.
  3. Water standing next to the well. If the area around the well pipe (casing) gets wet, this water may be causing your problem. Make sure that runoff water does not reach the well. The presence of bacteria also means that there may be problems with the grout seal around the well pipe. If you can’t find any other explanation for the bacteria, contact a well contractor to advise you on repairing the grout seal.
  4. The sample was contaminated in the collection process. Common problems include: (a) A hose, aerator screen, filter or other attachment on the faucet. (b) Accidentally touching the inside of the lid or the top of the bottle. (c) Not running the water 3-5 minutes before collecting it. Carefully collect another sample and retest. Use rubbing alcohol on a clean paper towel to wipe the faucet before letting the water run for 3-5 minutes.
  5. A movable faucet. Sometimes bacteria grow at the swivel point. This is not harmful, but still shows up in the test. If the sample was from a movable faucet, do the test again using another faucet.
  6. The well is shallow, especially if near a stream or pond. The well may be drawing water from the surface. To avoid bacteria in drinking water: (a) Use either a UV, chlorine or ozone water-treatment system, or (b) find another source of water, such as drilling a deeper well.
  7. Storage tank or pipes that are not water tight. Make sure there is no way for surface water to enter your drinking water system.
  8. Old, unused wells. Old wells in the area may be draining bacteria into the groundwater. Check with a well contractor about sealing up unused wells.
  9. Septic system or animal waste close to the well. This is a problem only if Fecal Coliform or E. coli was found. Check for other problems described above. Bacteria need a way to get into the water system which needs to be fixed.

IF BACTERIA COMES BACK AFTER SANITIZING

Ultraviolet light (UV) water purification systems can be an effective bacterial control and water sanitizing technology.

UV (Ultraviolet Light) Water Filtration for bacterial removal

     UV (Ultraviolet Light) Water Filtration

UV is a type of energy found in the electromagnetic spectrum, lying between x-rays and visible light. Although we cannot see UV light or rays, we are exposed to them every time we step out into the sun. In fact, UV light is responsible for causing sunburns. Ultraviolet systems use special lamps or bulbs that emit UV light of a particular wavelength. The Ultraviolet energy attacks the genetic core of the microorganism and rearranges the DNA /RNA eliminating the microorganism’s ability to function and reproduce. If the microorganism can no longer reproduce, it cannot replicate, therefore it cannot infect other organisms with which it has contact. The process is simple but effective, destroying 99.99% of harmful microorganisms without adding chemicals to the water.

See the following link for more description of Ultraviolet light (UV) water filtration technology http://h2ocare.com/ultraviolet-uv-light-disinfection/ or for even more detail go to http://www.water-research.net/Waterlibrary/privatewell/UVradiation.pdf.

 

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H2O Care, Inc. is an established regional water filtration and testing organization originally formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA, with an additional service depot in Plymouth, MA.  The Company has been published multiple times in Water Technology Magazine and other publications on common contaminants found in the New England region’s water supplies. We can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 800-539-1100.

Water test – swansea, massachusetts

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                      WATER TEST OPTIONS

Water testing for certain items can be performed on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site testing can be performed for the following:

Hardness > pH > Iron > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Alkalinity > Chlorine

For a more complete water test and analysis, we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary.

Swansea, MA Water testing

    WATER TESTING

WATER TEST REQUIRING A CERTIFIED LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates, Trihalomethanes, Haloacetic acids or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Water testing from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration system or water softener system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should perform water testing and related information, see the link at Water Testing link.

TAKING YOUR OWN WATER SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB

pH Chart for water testing Swansea, MA

If you would prefer to take water samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA and a service depot in Plymouth, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.

Water test options – shirley, massachusetts

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WATER TEST FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS

A water test for certain items can be performed on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site water test can be performed for the following:

Hardness > Iron > pH > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Chlorine > Alkalinity

For a more complete water test and analysis, we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary.

Water test in Shirley, MA

WATER TESTING

WATER TESTING REQUIRING A LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Testing water from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration or water softening system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should pull a water test and related information, see the link at Water Testing link.

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB FOR WATER TESTING

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If you’d prefer to take water samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978-777-8330.

Water test options – lawrence, massachusetts

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WATER TEST OPTIONS FOR LAWRENCE

CONDUCTING A WATER TEST ON-SITE

Water testing for certain items can be performed on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site testing can be performed for the following:

Hardness > Iron > pH > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Alkalinity > Chlorine

For a more complete water test and analysis, we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary.

Water testing Lawrence, MA

WATER TESTING

WATER TEST THAT REQUIRES A CERTIFIED LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Testing water from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration or water softening system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should pull a water test and related information, see the link at Water Testing link

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB FOR TESTING

If you’d prefer to take samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

Water testing Lawrence, MA

H2O Care is a full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton & Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  We can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 978-777-8330.  H2O Care has been installing and servicing water softeners and other water filtration equipment since 1989.

Water test options – northbridge, mass.

whole house water filtration Northbridge, MA

WATER TEST IN NORTHBRIDGE, MASS.

Water test analysis for certain items can be performed on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site testing can be performed for:

Hardness > pH > Iron > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Alkalinity > Chlorine

For a more complete water test and analysis, we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary.

Northbridge, MA Water test

      WATER TESTING

WATER TEST REQUIRING A CERTIFIED LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates, Trihalomethanes, Haloacetic acids or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Water testing from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration system or water softener system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should perform water testing and related information, see the link at Water Testing link

TAKING YOUR OWN WATER SAMPLES AND BRINGING THEM TO A LAB

WATER TEST Northbridge, MA

                                 pH CHART

If you would prefer to take water samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

Water testing in Northbridge, MA

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 with offices in Hudson & Middleton, MA .  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.
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