How Do I Mitigate Bacteria in My Water?
Waterborne bacterium is a normal concern for household water systems. Don’t panic: the majority of bacteria are non-pathogenic, meaning the “friendly” type. They are odorless, tasteless, invisible to the naked eye, and few unhealthy symptoms (if any at all) are immediate. You’ve probably been drinking this water your entire life and haven’t had any issues.
However, despite their microscopic size, excess quantities of certain bacteria have very harmful side effects. Bacteria can infiltrate water through an improperly functioning septic system, naturally occurring earth formations, insects or animals, and human error. Serious conditions, such as gastrointestinal disorders and severe illnesses like cholera and hepatitis, have been linked to bacteria infection. All are treatable and fairly rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The most common types of known, noxious bacteria are the following:
How do I keep my water safe?
Federal and state governments regulate bacteria and microorganism levels in municipal water to ensure the water is biologically safe to consume and use. Managed levels of chlorine are often added at the water source for this purpose, averting potential health risks. Homeowners with a well, however, are responsible for monitoring their own water quality. Well water systems should be meticulously cared for because of the potential hazards water can face from exposure to the elements. It is recommended that well water be tested at least once per year to verify that their water conditions have not changed. For homeowners that feel they need more assurance, there are simple, proactive ways we recommend to ensure you’re effectively vanquishing harmful bacteria from your home.
Maintain your well cap & casing
The most common reason a well would acquire bacterial contamination is that it isn’t completely sealed. Cracks and other damages to the well cap or casing give bacteria, insects, and even rodents an entrance into your water source. The inside of a well makes a warm, and inviting shelter for animals. It is important to regularly check the integrity of your well to insure that it is properly sealed. Damage could happen without you even noticing, especially if it is accidentally grazed by a lawn mower or covered in deep snow over the winter months.
It is also important to keep your well access clear of debris. Many homeowners try to hide their well pipe because it is an unattractive part of their landscape. Building up soil and planting decorative flowers creates a breeding ground for decomposed material, fertilizers, and insects. It can also hide any flaws that may have happened to the well cap or casing.
Treat your water
One of the best ways to mitigate bacteria in your water is to treat it right. Literally. Proper water treatment systems can eradicate and sterilize dangerous bacteria via powerful UV Treatment, reverse osmosis, and chemical injection.
Clean water is essential to good health; accessible clean water is even more so, and something we often take for granted. Water treatment systems are a cost-effective way to provide your family with the drinking and utility water it needs to keep maintaining an active lifestyle.
Explore your water treatment options
Did you know that Ultraviolet Light is a powerful way to treat bacteria? UV systems are a popular option because they deactivate bacteria, rendering them harmless without adding chemicals. UV units do not create any complex chemical compositions, or change the taste of the water. UV systems are frequently paired with water softeners and/or whole house filtration systems to pre-treat the water and protect the UV system from other minerals that may be in your water.
Test your water
Since most bacteria travel into your home undetected by smell, taste, or sight, sometimes the only way to discover contamination is through testing your water. A laboratory test can reveal issues so you can take care of them on the spot. It’s generally a good idea to test your water quality at least once per year. In addition to alerting you of specific volatile organic compounds (VOC), it also indicates the overall condition of your water system. A water quality test will help protect your investments, present and future. Prairie State Water Solutions provides water treatment systems and services to ensure your water is clean and safe to consume.