Should I Have My Water Tested?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. It concerns your health and the health of your family, so you need to know some basic facts.
In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water
quality problems. Other things to think about include the nearness of your water well to septic systems and the composition of your home’s
This fact sheet provides information to help you decide whether or not to have your water tested, and if so, suggested tests for your situation.
Private Water Supplies
If your drinking water does not come from a public water system, or you get your drinking water from a household well, you alone are responsible
for assuring that it is safe.
For this reason, routine testing for a few of the most common contaminants
is highly recommended. Even if you currently have a safe, pure water supply, regular testing can be valuable because it establishes a record of water quality.
This record is helpful in solving any future problems and in obtaining compensation if someone damages your water supply.