Water Testing

Coliform Bacteria Test

It is recommended to perform a Coliform Bacteria Test annually.  The Coliform Bacteria Test is used to test the integrity of the well and the possible presence of disease causing organisms. The presence of coliform bacteria could indicate the infiltration of ground water and, thus, disease causing organisms. If present, the water is considered unsafe to drink until corrective measures are taken.

Combined Inorganic Chemicals Water Test

This test is recommended every 3 to 5 years.

The Combined Inorganic Chemicals Test includes primary (health related) and secondary (aesthetic) standards. Secondary standards are used for determining if a water treatment system is needed or is functioning. The Combined Inorganic Chemicals Test includes 4 primary standards: lead, arsenic, and nitrates and nitrites. Lead and arsenic can occur naturally. Arsenic was used in embalming and as a pesticide in apple orchards. High nitrate or nitrite levels can indicate pesticides or a failed septic system.

Gross Alpha Water Test

It is recommended to perform the Gross Alpha Water Test every 5 years.

The Vermont Department of Health, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the EPA recommend conducting a Gross Alpha Test on private wells.

  • Gross Alpha is an initial screening test for radioactive particles, which can occur naturally, such as radium and uranium minus radon.
  • Long term exposure to radium can increase one’s risk of bone cancer and long term exposure to uranium can increase ones risk of kidney damage.
  • If the Gross Alpha test result is 5.0 pCi/L or higher further testing is recommended to identify the specific elements.

To find out more or schedule any of our recommended water tests, call us today at 802-747-4535.