When the time comes to have a water well drilled on your property for your family’s use, there are many factors to consider. You may think that there’s nothing more involved than making sure that there is a water source, but in reality, you need to have several tests performed before you have a well drilled. Soil testing is important to make sure that there are no chemicals, bacteria or other contaminants which may seep into the groundwater and make their way into your water well. It may be necessary to choose a different site for your well if the soil is damaged.

Water quality testing is also important in making sure that the water your well fills with is safe and clean. No matter what the soil testing results have shown, you must always perform water testing, as well, because when digging a well you have no idea where the actual source of the water is, or what soil conditions it has passed through to get to your well site. The water could have picked up any number of harmful contaminants and bacteria along the way. Hard water, sediment, arsenic and barium are just a few of the things that water should be tested for before being deemed safe to drink.

Before you have an expensive well drilled, perform the tests you will need to make sure that the water you will use in your home is clean and safe. The health of your family is more important than a convenient well site: If the best location is 50 feet in another direction, then go with the safe choice.