THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIVATE WATER TESTING FOR WELL AND RAINWATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS
WHY SHOULD I TEST MY WATER SOURCE?
Testing your private water quality on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source. The test results allow you to properly address the specific problems of a water supply. This will help ensure that the water source is being properly protected from potential contamination, and that appropriate treatment is selected and operating properly.
It is important to test the suitability of your water quality for its intended use, whether it be livestock watering, chemical spraying, or household use including drinking water. This will assist you in making informed decisions about your water and how you use it.
REGULAR TESTING IS IMPORTANT TO:
• identify existing problems!
• ensure water is suitable for the intended use, especially if used for drinking by humans, animals and plants
• track changes over time
• determine the effectiveness of a treatment system
The quality of a water source may change over time, even suddenly. Changes can go unnoticed as the water may look, smell, and taste the same.
IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so water which looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink. These microbes can exist in surface, groundwater supplies, and rainwater catchment systems can cause immediate sickness in humans and animals if not properly treated. Certain chemical contaminants that are sometimes found in a water source can cause long term health problems that take years to develop. Frequent water testing will identify unsafe water and ensure that the treatment system is treating the water to a satisfactory level.
WHAT TESTS SHOULD I HAVE DONE?
Useful tests are available to help determine the health and safety of a water supply, and the performance of a water treatment system. Your local health department can assist in selecting tests important for assessing your drinking water.
Other tests may be appropriate if a particular contaminant is suspected in the water. For instance, groundwater sources are sometimes tested for arsenic, selenium, and uranium. All water sources may be tested for pesticide contamination.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TEST MY WELL WATER?
Private water sources for drinking and showering (well & rainwater catchment systems) should be tested a minimum of once per year. It is important to test your drinking water at the tap and at the source. Testing both will help you determine if your treatment system is performing correctly, and if the quality of your source water has changed.
WHERE CAN I GET MY WATER TESTED?
Contact Uncle Tilo’s Clean Water LLC in Pahoa Marketplace to purchase or follow link below for a list of water departments in Hawai'i and U of H testing.
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