Drinking Water Testing
Homeowner Well Water Testing
Our most common test packages are listed below
frequently should I test?
every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates,
total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if
you have a new well, or have replaced or
repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing.
expect to have a new baby in the household?
nitrate in the early months of a pregnancy, before bringing an
infant home, and again during the first six
months of the baby’s life. It is best to test for nitrate
during the spring or summer following a
have taste, odor and staining issues?
sulfate, chloride, iron, manganese, hardness and corrosion,
and every three years. If you suspect
other contaminants, test for these also.
had a chemical or fuel spill or leak near your water supply?
Test your well
for chemical contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds. Local experts can tell you about
impurities in your area.
someone in your household pregnant or nursing an infant?
Are there unexplained illnesses in your
Do you notice a change in water taste, odor,
color or clarity? You may need to test more than once a year.
Use the containers provided and
follow the instructions given for collecting, preserving and
handling water samples. Samples for coliform bacteria testing
must be collected using sterile containers and under sterile
We can send a trained technician to collect the sample in
your home if you are within 1 hour of our office.
The basic potability test is a good indicator set of
tests for your well water. Often this test can be used
to diagnose stains in your fixtures and odors in your
Chloride, Total Coliform Bacteria, Color, Hardness,
Iron, Manganese, Nitrate, Nitrite, Odor, pH, Sodium,
Sulfate, and Turbidity
This test includes volatile organic chemicals like
gasoline and dry cleaning fluid
Tests for 53 contaminants including bacteria, metals,
inorganics, and volatile organic compounds.
||The table below is presented to help you identify
common well water problems. For more information, visit
www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/signs.html for EPA’s Signs
of Common Water Quality Problems.
Calcium or Magnesium Salts
clay salts, silt or rust
stains on fixtures
Brown-red stains on fixtures, clothing
water that clears upon standing
working pumps or problems with filters
high iron content
hydrogen sulfide gas or sulfur reducing bacteria
odor or foaming water
from septic tanks
or oil smell
gasoline storage tanks
gas or earthy / musty