SEBASTOPOL – If your water is supplied by a well, there are some basic health and safety issues you need to be aware of. First and foremost, the only way to know that your water is truly safe is to have it professionally tested. If you’ve never had it properly analyzed, it’s impossible to know which harmful contaminants might be present.
At a minimum, you should have your water tested for nitrate, arsenic and coliform bacteria, which are the most common water contaminants that create health concerns. Other contaminants can exist in your water, but they’re less common and depend on several factors, including where your well is located and the potentiality of water quality threats.
To ensure your drinking water is clean and healthy, contact a certified water specialist who can test it for hardness and basic minerals such as iron and manganese. If the water specialist determines your water needs further tests, send it to a trusted laboratory. If you want to learn more about the procedures for getting your water properly diagnosed, contact your local water treatment specialist.