A regular analysis is essential to ensure safety and quality of water. It is especially important for those using private wells. The analysis reveals contaminants in the water that can make it unsuitable for consumption and other uses. Annual water analysis is recommended for households and establishments that use private wells as the water source.
The regular analysis is needed since environmental conditions can change which can then affect water quality and safety. Human activities can introduce all new contaminants in the water. Take agriculture for example. Pesticides and fertilizers can seep into the ground to contaminate groundwater or get washed away by streams into rivers, lakes, and other bodies of surface water.
Natural changes like rivers and streams changing course can also bring in new contaminants. Floods and earthquakes are known to introduce contaminants to surface and groundwater.
So, you might be wondering. How do you go about water analysis?
There are testing kits available that you can use anytime at your convenience. The testing kits are intended to provide a general idea of the quality of water. It won’t tell you how much or what specific types of contaminants are in the water. However, the information it does provide is sufficient and important in guiding you to your next step.
If you want to a more precise method of analysis, you can collect a water sample and have it tested by a laboratory. You can call the environmental protection agency or an equivalent government agency and they will refer you to the local testing laboratory.
Water analysis is very important for you and your family’s safety. Fortunately, going about it is quite easy.