Unlike municipal water that is regularly tested to make sure public water is safe to drink, private well owners are responsible for testing their wells for contamination. Homeowners with private wells should have their water tested periodically.
In many cases home wells can be affected by biofilms such as iron or sulfurs. While these bacteria can cause nuisance odors, they are not harmful and can be eliminated with well chlorination.
If coliform bacteria is detected in your water, most well owners will need to have their water supply disinfected (chlorinated). To disinfect a well a calculated amount of chlorine is added to the well and allowed to sit for a minimum of four hours.
If you choose to have Mettert's WaterCare perform the chlorination for you, trained staff will thoroughly exam your well and water system in an effort to determine the cause of the positive coliform bacteria test. The cause of the bacteria is usually within the water system itself, and not in the aquifer. Without finding and eliminating the cause of the bacteria, it is likely the bacteria will return after the well chlorination.
Once all of the chlorine has been pumped out of the water system, a coliform bacteria test should be performed to determine if the well chlorination was effective.
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