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Monday, August 22, 2011
In these modern times, many consumers forget that E. coli is still a clear and present danger, with outbreaks of the microorganism happening all the time. This can be especially dangerous for those who take their drinking water from private wells, which normally are not tested or regulated.

For anyone who uses private well water for consumption, testing the water for bacteria is vital to its safe operation. The simple truth is you simply cannot tell what is in the water without a reliable test. If you draw water from a private well, you can contact your state health department to obtain information on how to have your well tested for total coliforms and E. coli contamination.

If your well water tests positive for E. coli, there are several steps that you should take:

The first step is to begin boiling all water intended for use and consumption. Boiling the water will kill off the bacteria until you have had the well disinfected properly. Boiling is normally a short-term solution.

The next step is to have the well disinfected according to the procedures recommended by your local health department. Once the well has been disinfected it is important to continue to monitor the quality of the water as reintroduction of the bacteria is still possible, and will remain possible until you find out how the contamination took place.

If you discover that contamination is a recurring problem, you should seriously investigate drilling a new well or install a point-of-entry disinfection water filtering unit, which can use chlorine, ultraviolet light, or ozone to keep the water free of harmful bacteria.

If you are not sure how or where to get your well water tested, you can contact your state laboratory certification officer to find out which laboratories have been certified for conducting total coliform analyses. You can also contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 for the address and phone number of these entities.

In many cases, the lab will first test for total coliforms. If the sample is positive for total coliforms, the lab will then determine whether E. coli is also present. If a well is E. coli-positive, you should not drink the water unless it is disinfected.

As mentioned above, installing a point of entry disinfection water filtering system is one of the best ways to protect against harmful microorganisms in private well water.

by: Chris Tracey


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