Water wells are good things, right? It means that you and everyone in your home have water to drink, wash with, bathe with, and cook with. However, wells need to be tested regularly to make sure that they are still safe for human and animal consumption. There can be many dangers in the water within a well, and not knowing about these dangers can lead to multiple health problems, even death. Here are all of the dangerous things that water well testing services are looking for and can find in your well if these dangers are present.
Heavy metals mean liquid metal toxins. These toxins include mercury and lead. These two heavy metals are commonly found in nature, but you do not want them in your drinking water because they can kill you. At best, they will cause some level of brain damage, as well as damage to organs like your kidneys or liver. At worst, they will cause death via early development of late-stage dementia and complete organ failure.
When these toxins are particularly high in the human body, it also makes you not a good candidate for organ donation, both as a donator and as a recipient. Lead has to be ingested, but mercury is more sinister; it can seep through your skin. Hexavalent chromium, a waste product of mining and industrial plants, is another heavy metal toxin that can leach into groundwater and cause cancer. All of these and more are tested for from water samples taken from your well.
Dangerous bacteria include E.coli and botulism. These can come from animals that may have fallen into the well and died, leaving behind traces of the diseases. Spirochetes of many different bacteria in your water can make you violently ill, and continuing to drink infected water while sick will only make the problem worse. If any bacteria are present in the test samples, the contractor can treat the bacteria by adding an agent to the well that will destroy the bacteria but make the water safe for human consumption.
This is much less common, but yes, parasites can invade your well water. Some are so microscopic, and their eggs so tiny, you could consume them in water and never know it! They can wreak havoc on your lower digestive system, or worse, hook a ride in your bloodstream to other organs, including your brain. Another treatment poured into your well water will kill any present parasites.
Contact a company like Bruce MacKay Pump & Well Drilling Service Inc for help with water well testing.
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