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Have a private well?

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Testing more than once a year may be warranted in special situations such as:

• Flooding
• Pregnant or nursing women.
• Children, elderly or immune compromised people living in the home.
• Unexplained illnesses in the family.
• Change in color, taste, odor in your water.
• When you repair any part of your well system.
• If there is a spill of chemicals or fuels near your well.

Be aware of your surroundings and Identify potential problem sources:

• Is there new construction near your home?
• Is your well “downstream” from your own or a neighbor’s septic system?
• Is there fertilizer used near the well?
• Are there livestock nearby?
• Is your well near agricultural crops which use pesticides?
• Do you or your neighbors dispose of motor oil in the yard?
• During winter months, check if your well is located near a road where they frequently use de-icers?

Maintaining your well will significantly decrease the risk of problems with your water. After you receive your test results and there are noticeable problems, you can make an informed decision about any remedial action needed. These may include disinfecting your well or adding a water purification/filtration system or an inspection of the well to find the cause of the contamination.

Groundwater and surface water changes can affect your water supply, so having your water tested regularly is the best way to establish a water quality record. At Suburban Laboratories, we focus on drinking water and want to help keep you and your family safe. To find out more information on drinking water tests, go to www.suburbanlabs.com.


2017-01-13T09:54:57-06:00September 2nd, 2014|News|

Where to Learn About Your Water?

If you are interested in what is in your water, or the laws that govern what can be in your water, there are several places you can turn. You may want to use multiple sources, so that you can compare the results, if you do not trust the local authority on the matter. All municipalities are required to have their water tested on a yearly basis, and the Freedom of Information Act means that you have access to the information that they have as a result of the testing done by drinking water testing labs. This information is also published, so you may be able to access it through your local papers.

Homeowners who get their water from a well are not required to send samples to drinking water testing labs, unless they are gathering information in order to get a permit to build a home, or they are planning to open a business, such as a daycare in their home.

Your first stop should be the town hall, where this information should be recorded. You may have to pay a small fee for the records, but they are available to the public. You can then order your own water testing to be done and compare your findings with those of the municipality findings. Some resources you could refer to for more information on clean water would include the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Clean Water Act and the Department of Health and Human Services. Any of these resources can give you in-depth information about the details of water requirements in your area.

2013-07-30T18:09:43-05:00August 8th, 2013|News|