Well water - your own drinking water supply from your private well
Well over 90% of the UK population obtain their drinking water in what is probably the easiest way: from a water company. The companies are professionally operated and the quality of the water that ends up in the households closely monitored. However, more and more people are now turning to an alternative source: a private well, which uses the same groundwater that water companies use. Well water has many advantages, but hygiene is an important element of well maintenance and monitoring.
A private well as an alternative to the water supplied by water companies
Independent from the water companies' supply network and an effective alternative in the long run, a private well is an attractive option for households (especially in rural areas) as well as for farms, public institutions and other large-scale consumers of water. Even if the water supplied by water companies satisfies almost all private and commercial requirements, getting your drinking water this way does not always make sense in remote areas, whether it be for environmental, hygienic or technical reasons.
Water does not equal drinking water
The problem: From a microbiological and chemical point of view, the quality of drinking water drawn from a well is not necessarily equivalent to the quality prescribed in the regulations. To meet these standards, special water treatment plants are necessary. Water obtained from private wells can also contain contaminants which have made it into the water through the soil, and these contaminants need to be removed before the well water can become wholesome drinking water. Private wells are usually relatively shallow and don't have any protection zones. These are normally responsible for protecting the area around a waterwork from groundwater contamination, thus safeguarding the water supply. Privately, and on a smaller scale, measures like this are almost impossible. Therefore, well water testing is recommended.
Test your well water: the Well Water Analysis tests your well water for the following contaminants:
Total organic carbon (TOC)
The electrical conductivity is an important indicator parameter. It can be used to determine how contaminated the water is with conductive materials, i.e. metals, e.g.
High electrical conductivity reveals an increased presence of conductive materials. Low conductivity indicates an increased presence of minerals, e.g. sodium, calcium, potassium or magnesium. Hence, the electrical conductivity of your water is a very revealing paramter and should certainly be tested.
In addition, the Well Water Analysis includes a microbiological examination of your well water for:
Attention: The Well Water Analysis should not replace water testing which has been ordered by authorities or mandatory in accordance with Water Supply Regulations. For this, the health authorities require that the sample be taken by certified, specially-trained staff. If you require certified sample collection, we can gladly make you an individual offer.
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