The Illinois Farm Bureau recently drew our attention to the fact that families using well water systems should test their water every year. When was the last time you tested your well water?
So what’s the big deal? According to the Conservation and Natural Resources Strength With Advisory Team (SWAT) there are two major things that they look for when testing well water.
The first is Coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria does not cause harm itself, but their presence indicates contaminates entered the well and harmful organisms may be present. In other words, if you have this kind of bacteria in your water, you likely have bigger problems and should seek some help from your local health department or an accredited lab.
The other thing they look for is high nitrate levels caused by septic systems, manure, or nitrogen applications in the area. High nitrate levels are most harmful to infants so if you are measuring high levels find out what you can do about it!
There is a free online training for homeowners with water wells. Visit www.privatewellclass.org for more information about the training or take a look at the article written by the Illinois Farm Bureau.