toxins in your well water

    Published: January 27, 2015

    How Toxins Enter Your Well Water and What You Can Do About It

    Because it enters your home without being treated by municipal filtration systems, well water is especially vulnerable to contaminants. Unfortunately, many people fail to recognize how easy it is for outside forces to infiltrate their water supplies. Pelican Water has made new cartoon which we hope illustrates this problem in a fun and informative way.

    Where it All Starts

    In addition to numerous dangerous microorganisms, there are literally thousands of different types of organic and inorganic toxins that can enter your well water through the soil. From disinfectants to disinfection byproducts to chemicals, radionuclides and more, these contaminants come from a variety of different sources, including:

    • Animal and human fecal waste
    • Discharge from petroleum refineries
    • Erosion from natural deposits
    • Orchard runoffs
    • Fire retardants
    • Electronics and glass production wastes
    • Decay of asbestos cement within water mains
    • Drilling wastes
    • Discharge from aerospace, electrical, metal and coal-burning industries
    • Paints
    • Corrosion of galvanized pipes and household plumbing systems

    In addition to these common sources, there are numerous other ways toxins migrate into well water. More often, however, contamination starts right at home.

    The Threat Next Door

    Many times, well water contamination occurs as a result of our behavior and that of our neighbors. The very nature of a well lends itself to contamination, since it’s a natural area in the ground that draws in and accumulates water. If you or your neighbor uses pesticides, herbicides, or any other potentially toxic material, it is very likely to find its way into your drinking water. Likewise, even a tiny crack in a nearby septic tank can allow pathogenic organisms to leech out and infiltrate your well water.

    For these reasons and many others, it’s important to get your well water tested on a regular basis. You should also consider installing an affordable filtration system to eliminate toxins and/or an ultraviolet (UV) water purification system, which effectively kills 99.9 percent of molds, bacteria, water-borne viruses and disease-causing microorganisms.

    While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for ensuring that public water supplies are safe, it does not does not monitor or treat private well water, meaning you are responsible for ensuring that your well water is safe to drink. If you want help understanding which equipment you need for your well water call a Pelican Water Specialist today on 1 877-842-1635, they will be only too willing to help.