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If you get a monthly water bill you are on a public water supply, not a private water system.
Everything seems fine-looks, tastes great, why bother testing?
Water consumed from a non-regulated source has the potential of carrying harmful bacteria that when present can make you ill. The properties of water have an impact on your health, livestock, expensive equipment such as water heaters and washing machines, and any other use on your list. Undergoing sampling provides a baseline set of values so you can understand basic characteristics and possible hazards. How can bad things happen to a seemingly good water source? Below are two examples:
It is your responsibility to check and maintain your private system to protect yourself, family, neighbors and the water source!
Your well water contains elements that are vital to life such as Calcium, minerals that provide health benefits like Fluoride, and harmful bacteria that may cause illness, such as E.coli. Understanding specifically what is in your water and how to reduce hazards will allow you to enjoy the most from your private water source.
View a list of what properties we recommend sampling for based on New York State Water Quality Standards for Individual Onsite Water Supply Systems (Appendix 75-C (PDF).
Other advanced testing is available for concerns with pollutants such as fertilizers, metals, and chemical contamination. Contact your local testing lab for more information about options to suit your needs.
Remember, you can choose only the characteristics you would like tested. At an absolute minimum, bacteria testing is recommended. E. coli is considered to be the species of coliform bacteria that is the best indicator of fecal pollution and the possible presence of harmful pathogens.
For more information, call the Madison County Health Department at (315)-366-2526 today!