Why Test My Water?
If you receive your water from a well, or from the municipality, It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for its intended purpose, whether it is livestock watering, irrigation, spraying, or drinking water.
When you pour yourself a glass of water to drink, it may appear clean, taste good, and you may expect it to be safe. However, many sources of water we assume are safe may contain dissolved minerals, organic compounds or even live organisms at harmful concentrations. Contaminated water used for drinking and cooking may affect your health. Also, high concentrations of certain minerals in your water can result in quality issues such as unpleasant taste and odors or staining of bathroom fixtures and/or laundry. In 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report on test results of private well water from 30 of the nation’s 62 principal aquifers across the United States. Important findings were: • one of every five private wells contained one or more contaminants at concentrations exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) human health benchmarks • approximately half of all wells had at least one problem • a third of all wells had microbial contamination The quality and safety of drinking water is of great concern to many Americans today because of an increased interest in health and environmental quality. This new focus on water quality has led many Americans to consider testing their water. This publication is intended to help you understand water testing and to identify the tests needed.