Bacteria in your well water is very problematic because it can lead to a number of issues and will pose several health risks. Not every bacteria will lead to disease but this is a possibility, so its presence needs to be taken seriously and must be addressed right away. There may be disease-causing microorganisms in your water, so you need to treat this problem by finding the appropriate solution.
Bacteria can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, cramps, headaches and fevers, among other symptoms. Children, babies and elderly people are more likely to get sick if bacteria is present in their drinking water, so you need to be very careful and must act fast.
The quality of your water can change over time, so it’s important that you get your water tested every year. This is true regardless of whether you notice any changes or not. If you ever detect changes in the taste, smell or look of your water, these are also signs that you need to have your water tested right away. It is a must that you protect your health, so you need to test your water regularly as this will allow you to detect bacteria. Wells that are close to sewers or animal feedlots are at a higher risk of being contaminated with harmful bacteria, as are old wells, wells with leaking walls and wells that are located at the bottom of old frost pits.
If it’s confirmed that there are bacteria in your well, you need to take the following steps:
Stop using the water
Use boiled water or bottled water until the problem is resolved and do not use your well water for cooking or drinking purposes. If either nitrate or arsenic is present in your well water, stick to bottled water because boiling it will increase their concentration.
Disinfect your well
It is very important that you contact a professional about this matter so that you follow the right steps. While pouring chlorine down the well may sound like a great solution, this is not always the case, so you need to follow the right instructions so that you don’t make matters worse.
Test your well water
Once you have taken the necessary steps, test your well water again to confirm that bacteria are no longer present. If your water tests negative for harmful bacteria, you can go ahead and start using it again without having to boil it.
If you have problems with your well water, it’s best to contact licensed drilling and pump specialist because they will be able to find the cause of the problem and will treat it accordingly. Their knowledge, skills and expertise will ensure the problem is taken care of completely, so you will have peace of mind. The experts at Muskoka Wells Drilling and Pump Services can help in this regard, so if you have any questions or concerns, contact us today!