Testing is the first and most important step for
well owners, or for any consumer concerned about
water quality. Its recommended that a certified
laboratory be used for water tests.
FIRST TIME TESTS
If you have never had your water tested, or if
you don't have any record of previous tests, B.L.
Myers Bros. recommends that you test the for the
Total dissolved solids (TDS)
If your well is near an operational or abandoned
gas station or buried fuel storage also test
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
IF YOUR WELL IS IN BEDROCK
Also test for:
ONCE A YEAR
Test for coliform bacteria, nitrate and pH
(acidity). If pH is less than 7.0, test for
NEW WELL EQUIPMENT OR CHANGE IN WATER APPEARANCE
After the installation of any new well equipment
or if there is any change in taste color or odor
of your water at
time, it makes sense to immediately test for bacteria.
file of your water test results, but remember water test
results only show what was tested!
HOW TO GET YOUR WATER TESTED
Option 1 Some laboratories offer a delivery and
collection service. You place an order via phone or
e-mail. Sample bottles and packing box are sent to you
with sampling instructions. You take the sample, send it
off via mail or courier service and the results are
e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you within a few days.
Option 2 Use a local certified laboratory. You may
stop-by the lab to pick up sampling directions and
sample containers. Collect your samples and deliver them
back to the lab. Results will come by mail, fax or
e-mail within a few days.
Option 3 Engage the services of a certified
laboratory to come to your home and take the water