Using a well to supply a property with water allows homeowners to bypass expensive municipal water bills. However, if you’re not connected to a city line, it does require extra care. A helpful maintenance method is the annual water testing because it can diagnose the following problems.

Why Do I Need Annual Water Testing?

1. Stomach Issues

Rainwater containing coliform and E. coli bacteria can run off into the ground and enter the well’s aquifer. This is dangerous because if anyone ingests the contaminated water, it leads to gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, cramps, and nausea. The annual test will identify the bacteria so you can treat the water and keep yourself and your family healthy.

2. Strange Taste

water testingWell water often contains natural minerals, but it should still taste and smell like municipal water. When homeowners turn on their faucets and notice a rotten egg type of taste or smell, it’s an indication that they need a water test.

Typically, the test will come back positive for hydrogen sulfide. While the gas isn’t a health risk in lower concentrations, the water should still be treated to remove the unpleasant odor and taste.

3. Plumbing Fixture Stains

Iron, copper, and manganese are common minerals found in wells. When the water enters the home’s plumbing, it leaves behind mineral deposits on the pipes and fixtures.

Not only are these stains unsightly, but they can also cause blockages in the plumbing. If your water tests positive for these minerals, install a filtration system before it affects the plumbing.

4. Nearby Contamination

Wells require regular testing if there is nearby agriculture, mining operations, or a junkyard or landfill. These produce harmful contaminants like pesticides, chlorine, and volatile organic compounds, and they can enter a well through runoff. If anyone drinks water contaminated with these substances, they experience a myriad of issues such as nauseadifficulty breathing, and even cancer.


Make sure your well is safe to use by scheduling annual water testing with Evergreen Well Drilling in Shelton, WA. With over 40 years of experience, this company has a team of licensed and insured specialists who check water quality for Mason County residents. Learn more by visiting them online, or call (360) 830-9005 to schedule a free estimate.