Initial Test and Steps for a Newly drilled well
Three weeks ago we finally had our well drilled! They hit 5gpm at 150' and then stopped at 200' where the flow was approx 15-20 gpm. The water has been brought to the house and is in the pressure tank but interior faucets aren't connected and there is no filter on at all yet.
I've been looking into where to send samples off for testing but today our plumber told me that when he was hooking up a drain in the bathtub (he was using a hose from the mechanical room), he noticed that the water was muddy.
Is 3 weeks enough time for the well to have stabilized or should I be calling the well driller? Do I need to flush lines more or shock the system before doing the testing?
Local testers charge 25.00 per individual test while the online places seem to be about 175-200 for package that is much more comprehensive. Is there any reason not to ship my samples away and save some money as long as I stick with an independent certified lab?
It would seem that with visible dirt in the water, I'd just be asking for a positive bacteria test if I hadn't shocked the lines.