Are you certain that the H2O you are giving your family is safe to drink? While the majority of private wells contain safe H2O to drink, there are some that have become contaminated with pollutants and bacteria that don’t filter out when the water soaks down in the ground. It is recommended that you put great thought into testing drinking water that you and your family are consuming.
You should also consider a water sample kit for testing drinking water if you notice that your H2O smells funny, looks different, or tastes different. Although, H2O can still have a plethora of viruses, bacteria, and pollutants that you cannot taste, smell, or see. Many people find out after having their H2O tested that they were drinking and bathing in water with arsenic, nitrate, and other chemicals used in agricultural and industrial businesses.
The types of pollutants and chemicals found when testing well H2O may also depend on the county you live in, or even the state. It is important that no matter whether you get a water sample kit for testing or you use a different method for testing drinking H2O in your well that you collect the water properly, and use a testing lab that is certified and trustworthy.
Making sure to collect the water properly is vital to getting accurate results. When water is not collected the right way, false positives are often the result. There are specific directions that will come with your sample kit, so you know the exact steps to take to collect your sample for testing. If you find out that there are any bacteria, pollutants, or chemicals in your water supply that may be unsafe or risky to consume, then stop drinking the water immediately.
If you are pregnant or have infants younger than 6 months of age, and the results reveal elevated nitrate levels in the water supply, then another H2O source must be used for drinking and preparing baby formula. You do not want to take any unnecessary risks when it comes to the water going in a growing baby’s body. The same goes for other chemical components in your water. While traces of some pollutants, including arsenic are normally going to show up in H2O, too much of it is bad. If the arsenic levels in your water are more than 10 parts per billion, then you should avoid drinking the water.
It is unfortunate that there are so many pollutants and chemicals found in drinking H2O today, including many that cause disease and illness. Do not take any chances! Make sure you are getting your water tested every year to ensure that only safe water is being consumed by you and your family.