The EPA estimates that around 15 percent of Americans get their
water from a private well source, and the Canadian Well Water
Association (CWWA) suggests more than 25 percent of Canadian residents do the same. Wells today are a far cry
from the colonial-style stone basins where heroes like Lassie did
their best work. Most modern wells are drilled and outfitted with a pump to force
groundwater into the plumbing of a home.
So we have established well water is far from uncommon, which
means some homeowners' ever-growing to-do list just grew by one
check box: testing the well water. Why you? In the U.S., for
example, private wells with less than 25 service connections are
not monitored by any city, county, state or federal agency.
Well water, by and large, is safe to drink and use for laundry,
bathing and washing the dishes. But it can be vulnerable if left
unchecked. Private wells simply do not enjoy the same regulation as
a municipal water supply.
Homes that suffer from either contaminant, or both, are rarely
surprised when told there is a water issue.
Iron comes in many forms and can make water taste metallic,
while leaving its mark on porcelain, cleaning utensils and plumbing
Hydrogen sulfide in water creates a pungent bouquet
reminiscent of rotten eggs whenever the faucet is turned on.
But not all contaminants so readily give themselves up for easy
Other contaminants that may infiltrate some private wells
include arsenic, nitrates and radon - all of which can be tasteless
and odorless. Furthermore, the seasons themselves can work against
well owners. In late spring and early summer, heavy rains and
flooding can unlock contaminants held at bay during the winter
months. Those contaminants may then find themselves in groundwater
and affect deeply drilled water wells.
Not all contamination is naturally-occurring either. Nitrates,
for example, are capturing headlines throughout Iowa after
contamination spikes are being blamed on agricultural run-off.
Water should be one of the biggest considerations when moving
because of all the different factors that may change day-to-day or
season-to-season. Culligan recently lent its expertise to the Allstate blog outlining a few key ways new homeowners can
ensure some peace of mind, including researching common water
problems in your area and getting the
water tested by a trusted professional.
Have questions about your well water? Just yell "Hey Culligan Man!"