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Well Water Filters are “Well” Worth the Investment

Heavy rainfall brings an increased risk of water contamination

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 million US households rely on private water wells for drinking, cooking, and bathing water. If you own a private well you’re responsible for ensuring the water from said well is safe to drink, so it can be a shock to turn the tap on and discover brown or cloudy water.

This unpleasant surprise wasn’t unusual for well water drinkers in Madison County, Georgia, between October and December 2015 when the region received over nineteen inches of water—including several days when up to two inches of rainfall landed over a twenty-four-hour period. Heavy rain increases the risk surface water will infiltrate well water, discoloring the water and raising the risk of contamination.

Brown or cloudy well water can originate in several sources. The most common is surface water infiltration, which may enter the well through improperly installed well heads or cracks in aging well walls. If the well is within 100 feet of a septic system, heavy rain can cause the septic system to overflow and contaminate the well. In all cases, it’s not the color or taste of the well water that poses a threat to public health (although neither are pleasant). It’s the possibility of bacterial contamination that’s the real issue.

Cloudy or brown well water must be checked for the presence of Coliform bacteria and E. coli. Coliform bacteria are commonly found in animal intestines, surface water, soil, and plants. While most strains are harmless, the presence of Coliform bacteria indicates well water has been contaminated, and more dangerous pathogens may be present.

Well water must also be tested for E. coli. A type of Coliform bacteria, E. coli is commonly found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Its presence suggests well water has been contaminated with human or animal waste. Should either test proved positive, repairs to the well structure are recommended, followed by disinfection and retesting to ensure water is safe to drink.

Well water quality is of vital importance to your family. Installing a Pelican whole house filter with ultraviolet protection greatly reduces waterborne bacteria by destroying the microorganisms’ ability to reproduce. Such filters allow you to safely drink water while repairs are underway on your well.

dirty well water compared to clean well water

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