April showers bring… questionable runoff?
You bet it does! And if you’re the owner of a private well, be mindful. If you don’t regularly check for contamination in your well, you could be drinking the arsenic, fertilizers, pesticides and nitrates that have leeched themselves into your water.*
Yes, we thought that was gross, too.
The Canadian Ministry of Health urges us to “Get in the habit of water testing. Next to properly maintaining your well, testing is your best strategy for playing it safe. Test your well water at least three times a year for bacteria. Always test water after major plumbing work or after a flooding.”
The Culligan Man is urging you to test your water this spring. Private wells are most vulnerable this time of year as melted snow and ice release contaminants into the soil and groundwater, and ultimately – your well.
Check out some facts about your drinking water, well water owners:
- Bacterial contamination may provide the greatest threat to private well users.
- Ultraviolet sterilizers and chlorine treatments are examples of proven techniques used to fight contaminants such as E. coli.
- Nitrates are a very common issue, and should be tested for regularly.
- With no taste or smell, nitrates can have adverse health effects if unchecked in your water. Infants, for example, cannot safely absorb nitrates because their stomach acid is not strong enough to convert it.
Are you ready to test your well water yet? Invest in a test! Your local Culligan Man can help.
*Contaminants may not be in your water.