Germs and Chemicals that May Get in Well Water

Germs and chemicals can get into your well water and contaminate it in different ways.  Some germs and chemicals occur naturally.  For example, heavy metals like arsenic, lead and cadmium are naturally found in rocks and soil and sometimes seep into ground water.  Other contaminants come from human and animal wastes resulting from polluted storm runoff, agricultural runoff, flooded sewers, or individual septic systems that are not working properly.

Several things you should test for are listed below.  These germs and chemicals can be a risk to your health.  Remember, NETPHD only performs bacteriological tests on water samples.

Other germs or harmful chemicals that you should test for will depend on where your well is located on your property, which state you live in, and whether you live in an urban or rural area.

Several sources of pollution are easy to spot by sight, taste, or smell.  The following is a quick reference list of noticeable problems:

Note: This information is taken and adapted from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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