What types of problems can cause on-going contamination?
Broken or cracked water lines can allow contamination to enter the system. A plumber can help analyze your water system and check for leaks or breaks. The well casing may be cracked or broken, allowing surface waters to enter your well. These surface waters may contain coliform bacteria that are causing contamination. A qualified plumber or well driller can repair or replace your well casing. Septic effluent from your field or that of a neighbor may be running too close to your well. Current county ordinances prohibit septic fields from being placed within 100 feet of a well. However in some cases wells and/or septic systems were installed before current regulations were in place, or were not installed with the proper permits. Other possible sources of contamination may include run off from a barn, pasture or stable or an underground fracture or shift of the surrounding rock.

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1. Where may I obtain a private water supply test kit, and how much do they cost?
2. What will the lab be testing my water to discover?
3. How do I take the test?
4. My water sample report came back "Unsatisfactory". What does that mean?
5. Is this serious?
6. What will we need to do to take care of this situation?
7. How soon after disinfection should I take a follow-up sample?
8. My sample came back "unsatisfactory" again. Now what do I do?
9. What types of problems can cause on-going contamination?
10. My water system and septic system have been examined and we could not find the source of contamination. What can I do to assure a safe water supply?
11. My water smells awful, almost like rotten eggs! Why is that?
12. My water has a metallic taste and/or I see rust stains in my plumbing fixtures and on my clothes. Why?
13. When my water sits in a glass, sediment forms in the bottom. Why?
14. My physician told me to have my water tested for fluoride and/or nitrates. Can you help me?