Residential Testing FAQs

Where does the information in my report come from?

The following advisory links are used to determine reporting limits, guidance, recommendations, etc.

How frequently should I test?

The EPA recommends the following testing frequency:
Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels, especially if you have a new well, or have replaced or repaired pipes, pumps or the well casing. Is someone in your household pregnant or nursing an infant? Are there unexplained illnesses in your family? Do you notice a change in water taste, odor, color or clarity? You may need to test more than once a year.

We’re expecting a new baby. Should I test my water?

Test for nitrate in the early months of a pregnancy, before bringing an infant home, and again during the first six months of the baby’s life. It is best to test for nitrate during the spring or summer following a rainy period.

I’m having issues with taste, odor, and staining. What should I do?

Test for sulfate, chloride, iron, manganese, hardness and corrosion. Test every three years, if the issue persists; if you suspect other contaminants, test for these also, city/county water specialists or a project manager may be able to assist with guidance for additional testing.

I think I’ve had a chemical or fuel spill or leak near my water supply. What should I test for?

Test your well for chemical contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds. Tests can be expensive; limit them to possible problems specific to your situation. Local water experts can tell you about possible impurities in your area.

Who do I get with to treat my water? How do I treat it?

Possible problems will be specific to your situation and location. Local water experts can tell you about possible impurities in your area and give you options on how to treat it. Contacting your local or county conservation district or Water Treatment Specialists are a good way to start.

I’d like to order additional tests. Who should I speak with?

Please call and speak with us! A project manager can discus options, place a bottle order for you, and help to recommend testing that will meet your needs.