April showers bring… questionable runoff?
You bet it does! And if you’re the owner of a private well, be mindful. Did you know the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act that regulates all drinking water systems may not apply to your well? Nope. It doesn’t apply to wells serving less than 25 people. So you’re on your own there.
Do you know what that means? 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.
Although it’s been a historically mild winter, 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.
That danger is reiterated on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website: “Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, [private wells] do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies.
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.