Testing Services – Bacteria
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends testing for total coliform and e. coli bacteria to determine the presence of organisms that cause deadly diseases.
Bacteria are microscopic, one-celled organisms. Bacteria typically originate in feces and enter a water supply from septic tanks, sewage, livestock pens, or surface drainage. Bacteria are the main water quality problem for well water systems, and are a threat to your health.
Most bacteria are harmless, but certain types can cause disease, illness or even death. Wells used for drinking water should be tested for the presence of coliform every year, in addition to other water quality parameters. Non-disease causing iron bacteria can affect home and irrigation wells. Iron bacteria causes plumbing fittings and laundry to stain and, in severe cases, clog well screens.
Fecal coliform bacteria are mainly found in potable water from wells. This is mainly due to the fact that private well systems are not required to be tested. Residents who drink non-chlorinated water (from wells), and/or have free-standing aeration systems are at elevated risk to bacterial contamination. Water treatment with GAC (Granular Activated Charcoal) may also contribute to bacteria problems.
Fecal coliform bacteria leads to diseases like typhoid fever and cholera. Fecal coliform bacteria contamination also leads to hepatitis and dysentery. There are various symptoms associated with bacterial contamination including: digestive problems, fever, nausea, diarrhea and cramps.
Testing is essential and we offer testing of water samples taken from your home with certified results.
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