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It's Important to have your water tested

Your Water

Go to this link for information on your well water.

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/well-water-testing

Deep Wells

It is recommended that you have your water tested fully for bacteria, minerals, chemical compounds and metals by a local lab. We can put you in contact with one. Once you have your results, we start to look at which minerals etc. are above normal or would cause problems in the home or with the health of your family. Your deep well can have varying amounts of hardness minerals ( Calcium and Magnesium ). Hardness minerals look like white scale on your fixtures when dry or white paste when its on your pipes down the well. Other minerals that are almost always present, in varying amounts, down a deep well are Iron and Manganese. Iron, when it is in your well or in your pipes through your water system, looks like a red or brown build up, flakes or paste.  When your water comes to the surface and hits air for the first time it can look clear, then after some time the iron will start to show up, coming out of solution, because of its reaction to air. It stains your fixtures, dishwasher and can build up over time to be a large problem. ( depending on levels )

Manganese may be present in your well and looks like black sand pebbles or flakes when it come in contact with air, or like black past or scale when its down your well, on your pump or pipes. There are new guidelines on Managnese in our Drinking water. 

Regular, light chlorination can help with Iron in your well and pipes, and can be a regular way of treating the system and well.  Well care is part of your job as a well owner.  Keeping your well maintained is important.  A part of that is also keeping the area around the well clean.  Soil is landscaped so that water runs away from the well head,  your well cap is in good shape, sealed.  We can help with overall maintenance.

We work with our equipment supplier to come up with a treatment solution that will give you filtered water in the house and purified water at the tap.

Shallow Wells

Shallow wells may have water with a different composition.  It is important to test your shallow well regularly to ensure its clear of bacteria or other chemical compounds such as nitrates, either natural or man made, from your property or surrounding activity. Reverse Osmosis removes Nitrates from drinking water.  Bacteria, if present, needs to be treated by chlorine or filtration and Ultraviolet light or a combination of both until it is not present. Regular chlorination or a new source may be needed if trouble persists.  It is important to keep your dug well clean and secure.

Best Practice for Dug Wells, BC