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Bacteria & Chlorination for Water Wells:  Part 1

If you’re family’s water source is a water well it is important to consider the health of the water you are drinking.  Some of the common primary contaminants that can exist in your well water are bacteria, arsenic, nitrates and even lead.  There are a host of variables than can result in why any of these among other primary contaminants may be in your drinking water, here we will focus on bacteria and how to deal with it over this three part series.

First we will define the bacteria we are talking about.

Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform and E. Coli

[Text Box: TOTAL COLIFORM] Levels of these three contaminants are measures and indicators of drinking water safety and quality.  Total coliform is a large group or collection of varying types of bacteria.  Fecal coliform is a type of bacteria that are mostly found in human and animal waste (feces).  E. Coli is a sub-group of fecal coliform.  The best method for accurate tests of these bacteria is to have them collected by a qualified person and processed by certified lab.  HIRE A PROFFESIONAL AND TEST YOUR WATER!

 What can happen if water that is contaminated with bacteria is ingested?

The consequences of drinking contaminated water have a wide range of outcomes.  The effects can range from minor limited discomfort such a momentary nausea  to severe illness.  In some extreme cases, even death.  The symptoms of illness caused by drinking contaminated water can present immediately or not for years. 

Factors that impact the severity of illnesses resulting from ingesting contaminated drinking water are age, general health and the amount of exposure or duration the individual has been drinking the contaminated water.  The amount ingested and the specific type of contaminant present.

Having a qualified professional shock treat your water well can eliminate all of these risks.

First Published November 20, 2017.