Well Water Testing
Resources and FAQs
It is estimated that more than 13 million households rely on private wells for drinking water in the United States. As the USEPA does not regulate or provide standards for individual wells, the owners of private wells are solely responsible for the safety of their water.
However, getting water from a private well shouldn’t mean sacrificing your health. Although not regulated federally, private water sources can still be easily tested and compared to the EPA recommended limits. Testing your water quality on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source.
It is recommended to test your water a minimum of once per year, both at the tap and at the source. However, shallow well and surface water sources should be tested more frequently (i.e. seasonally), as they are more susceptible to contamination. Also, you may want to test more frequently if small children or elderly adults live in your house or if someone in your house is pregnant or nursing. These segments of the population are often more vulnerable to pollutants than others.
Why Test Water Quality on a Regular Basis?
To identify any existing problems
To ensure the water is suitable for drinking
To monitor changes over time
To determine the effectiveness of a treatment system
The Health Metric Well Water test kits are made in the USA and calibrated to official EPA standards, making the results easy to compare and act upon accordingly. The tests are simple enough for anyone to use and most of the results will be ready within a few minutes.
Helpful Resources and Downloads
For further information, a great resource for private well owners can be found on the official EPA webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions