03 Jan 2014

Water Contaminant Troubleshooting

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Protect Your Well From Water Contaminants

Water Contaminant Troubleshooting for Wells and Well Water

In one of our December blog articles, we talked about low well water yield and highlighted some of the common causes for falling water pressure in your home.

While issues like clogged well screens and sediment buildup are certainly frustrating, they are mechanical in nature and can be fixed by a handy homeowner or a professional contractor like C&J Well Company. What you really want to avoid is contamination in your water supply. Drinking organic or inorganic toxins can make a person sick, or worse.

Today, we’ll focus on some of the nasty stuff that can find its way into your water and describe where it comes from, and what it can do to you. Hopefully this emphasizes the importance of regular well maintenance and cleaning!

Types of Water Contaminants


Coliform bacteria Found naturally in the environment; also found in human and animal fecal waste Usually nothing, but coliform presence means harmful bacteria like E. Coli may be present
Cryptosporidium Fecal waste Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting
Giardia Fecal waste Gastrointestinal problems
Arsenic Found naturally in soil; also found in runoff from agricultural and industrial sources Skin damage; gastrointestinal problems; numbness; paralysis; vision problems
Nitrates Fertilizer runoff; sewage and septic leaks; soil erosion Several serious health risks, especially for babies
Lead Plumbing corrosion; improper disposal of lead-based paint; natural runoff Physical and mental disabilities in children; high blood pressure; kidney damage
Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOCs) Herbicide and pesticide runoff; industrial chemical discharge; emissions from burning waste Increased risk of cancer; cardiovascular problems; organ failure; reproductive problems
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)

Runoff and leaking of gasoline, diesel and solvents; chemical spills Increased risk of cancer; cardiovascular problems; organ failure; reproductive problems
Radionuclides Natural decay and erosion of radioactive elements in the ground; improper disposal of radioactive materials Increased risk of cancer


Regular Well Maintenance Can Help Control Water Contaminants

What is the best way to protect yourself and your family from organic and inorganic pollutants in the water? Protect your well! Don’t ignore responsibilities like water quality testing (by an independent laboratory), regular well maintenance and disinfecting. If you rely on a well for your home’s water source, it is up to you to ensure that water is safe to drink.

For more information and assistance with water quality and proper well maintenance, contact C&J Well Co. to learn more today!