Importance of Well Water Testing in Western ColoradoNick
Many Coloradoans who live in the Western Slope obtain their drinking water from their own private wells. Well water is taken directly from the earth and comes from aquifers underground. For this reason, private wells can be a healthy source of drinking water since the water usually contains an abundance of minerals and nutrients. However, well water can also become contaminated with e.coli and other bacteria as other harmful substances. That’s why it’s important to invest in well water testing if you live in Montrose, Durango, Telluride, Grand Junction, or another part of Western Colorado.
Why Does Well Water Need to Be Tested?
Well water needs to be tested in order to confirm that it’s safe for its intended use, especially if usage involves human consumption (i.e. drinking or cooking). Testing your well water is important because it:
- Confirms its safety and helps identify contaminants like bacteria, heavy metals, and chemicals.
- Identifies problems with your well that you may not be aware of.
- Helps you keep track of any changes that have occurred over time.
- Determines whether your water treatment system is effective or if maintenance is needed.
What Tests Should I Have Done?
We recommend having your well water tested for potability, bacteria, nitrates, ions, total dissolved solids, pH level, fluoride, sulfate, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Depending on where you live in Western Colorado, well water testing may also include testing for lead, arsenic, mercury, radium, atrazine, and pesticides.
How Often Should I Have My Well Tested?
The CDC recommends that you have your private well tested at least once per year. If there are known problems with well water in your area, testing may need to occur more frequently. Additionally, if you have noticed changes in your water taste or quality, have had recent problems with your well, or had parts of your well replaced or repaired, testing may be a good idea. Our water specialists can work with you to determine the right schedule based on your individual needs.
Where Can I Get My Well Water Tested?
Water Works offers well water testing in most major towns and cities of Western Colorado including Gunnison, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Silverton, Pagosa Springs, and beyond. Our water analysis services can help identify problems with your well water and confirm whether it’s safe to drink and use. Call today to schedule an appointment!