Return to the Plumbing Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
water testing for old well

Posted by newtosd (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 12, 11 at 20:55

Hello everyone,

My husband and I built a new house and connected to an old well. (We demolished the old house.) Culligan tested our water but did not test for bacteria. We will be renting a twin water softener and iron clear.

My questions are:
1. Should we send the water sample to test for bacteria before or after Culligan installs the equipment?

2. Should we have the state test for anything else?

The paperwork states that new well are required to test for bacteria, nitrate, conductivity, sodium and sulfates. However, we did not drill a new well and do not want to pay for unnecessary tests.

Our test results are (if I am reading correctly):
total iron 2 ppm - ferrous .75 ppm & ferric 1.25 ppm
88 hardness
1500 dissolved solids
7.0 ph
3 ppm nitrates
organic 0 ppm or tannins (this could be wrong - hard to read writing)

Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreaciated. Thanks everyone.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: water testing for old well

You should test the old well the same as the new well to establish the water conditions regarding what needs to be treated to make the water nice and SAFE.

You want to know the exact water conditions before doing anything regarding water treatment so put Culligan off until you have the lab results.

I'd have the state or an independent lab test for hardness, iron, manganese, magnesium, TDS, PH, nitrates, bacteria, sodium and sulfates at a minimum to be sure that Culligan accurately represented the water conditions. Neither the state or an independent lab has an interest in selling or renting you water treatment equipment.

Is the 88 hardness ppm or grains (gpg)?


 o
RE: water testing for old well

"The paperwork states that new well are required to test for bacteria, nitrate, conductivity, sodium and sulfates. However, we did not drill a new well and do not want to pay for unnecessary tests. "

Then ignore the tests and hope you do not get sick from the water.


 o
RE: water testing for old well

Brickeyee - I wrote that poorly. We are definitely doing the bacteria tests. My question is, since we are definitely installing the twin water softener and iron clear, won't the other issues be addressed by the equipment? Thus, the water will be treated anyway? The iron is apparent in the water (yellow initially - now cloudy). The water softener is for our peace of mind, especially since most people in our area have hard water, public and private well.

justalurker - I will have to ask about the hardness. It just says 88.

Thanks for the responses.


 o
RE: water testing for old well

newtosd,

To achieve success treating problem water one gets the results of a comprehensive water test and THEN selects and sizes the equipment based on those results, plumbing requirements, and water usage... not the other way around.

When treating well water it is ALWAYS advisable to have the water tested by a certified lab and not to rely on quickie water tests from Sears or a water softener company that won't be as accurate (and possibly not as competent) as from a certified independent lab.

When you have the results of a comprehensive water test then we can speak intelligently to your water treatment needs.

You'd also be wise to get at least two other water treatment companies in there to quote you. Make sure you include at least one local independent water treatment pro because Culligan may be over-selling you.


 o
RE: water testing for old well

Land Grant universities often have advice about water wells. It is probably the least biased.I suggest that you peruse your State's or maybe some others.


 o
RE: water testing for old well

I live in Michigan. Am currently looking at a house to purchase and am mandated to have the well water tested. How much should I expect to pay for the test?


 o
RE: water testing for old well

letta,

Your question will get the attention you desire if you start a NEW THREAD instead of resurrecting a 2 year old thread.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Plumbing Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here