Friday, April 3, 2009

How safe is your Private Well

Do you have your own well for your home? Have you ever had the water quality of the well tested?
Below is an article from the Deseret News on water quality issues in private wells. In wells I have personally tested in Summit and other rural counties, the largest contaminant of concern has been Nitrate and Coliform.

Private wells show traces of toxic contaminants

Published: Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:52 p.m. MDT

Utah was among those states across the country that had more than one contaminant discovered in a sampling of water taken from private domestic wells, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sampling done from 1991 to 2004 in multiple private wells in Utah showed concentrations of nitrate and arsenic at levels that demonstrate potential health concern, according to a report released Friday.

Problematic is that the fact that across the country 15 percent of the population relies on drinking water from private wells which are not regulated by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

As a result, the agency said those 43 million people may be exposed to unhealthy levels of contaminants that pose public health risks.

In the survey, scientists sampled 2,100 private wells in 48 states. Many of the contaminants occur naturally because of geological factors and the materials that make up aquifers from which the water is drawn.

Nitrate was the most common inorganic contaminant found and it is generally derived from fertilizer applications and other agricultural uses. Water taken from Utah's wells tested for nitrate at concentrations greater than federal drinking water standards for public water supplies, a measurement that put Utah in company of just 4 percent of the wells sampled.

1 comment:

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Dear John;
The whole idea of blogging is that you should have something exciting to say each and every day. Not once per year. Much love... - kate and kitty

PS: Aren't you happy someone finally left a comment? :D