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Having Your Well Water Tested

 

You want to have your well water tested for bacterial contamination....  Where do you start?

According to State and Federal law, drinking water must have less than 1 bacterial colony per 100 mL of water.

You need a test which will detect the presence of TOTAL COLIFORMS.  "Coliform" is a collective term which includes normal intestinal bacteria.  Because these bacteria can survive in water but not multiply there, finding them in high concentrations indicates recent or high levels of fecal contamination.  

 

The labs we are aware of that do water testing are:

Be sure to call the lab of your choice before doing anything.  You will need a sterile bottle for the sample.  Different labs accept samples on different days and at different times, etc., etc.  

THE LAB WILL GIVE YOU FULL INSTRUCTIONS -- BE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM CAREFULLY!

Here are the basics: