If you are buying a house that has a well, it is highly recommended to test the water for potability as well as potentially harmful metals, elements, and chemicals. Click this link to learn more about well water testing.
The Basic Profile was designed to provide a standard water analysis that can quickly and accurately determine the general quality of the water you drink. It is composed of 14 test parameters including bacteria, physical properties and chemical constituents.
Radon in Water
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as a result of the radioactive decay of uranium. Radon can be found at high concentrations in soils and rock containing uranium. Well water that passes through underground areas containing uranium may be another source of radon.
Arsenic is a metal that is naturally present in bedrock in many places throughout CT. When a drinking water well is drilled into bedrock containing arsenic, the arsenic can get into the well water.
Lead is a metal found in natural deposits that is commonly used in household plumbing materials and water service lines. Although most homes have very low levels of lead in their drinking water, testing is the only sure way of knowing if there are harmful amounts in your drinking water.
Uranium is an element that is found in rocks and bedrock. The chemical properties of uranium in drinking water are of greater concern than its radioactivity.
A pesticide is a chemical substance used to kill or control a pest. Contamination may occur from pesticide spills around a poorly sealed well, improper application of pesticides through irrigation systems, and improper storage and disposal of pesticides or pesticide containers or as a result of normal application.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) are carbon-containing compounds that evaporate easily from water into air at normal air temperatures. VOCs enter private water supplies through accidental spills and leaks, improper storage and disposal, and industrial discharges and runoff.