Well water testing

Another diversion from gardening, but the following, from University Hygienic Lab, is important flood information for anyone with a private well:

Should I be testing my water?  Many people who are on private well systems are asking that question because of the recent flooding.

Nancy Hall, supervisor of environmental microbiology for the University Hygienic Laboratory, explains that the focus for testing is on wells that have been directly impacted by flood waters.

“People whose drinking water comes from private wells should have their water tested if their wells were covered by flood water or if the well is located close to flood water, which are those located in the 100-year and 500-year flood plain.  We have sent the message for years that people should have their  well water tested once a year, and people should do this.  But our priority now is to first make sure that we test the water for those families impacted by the flood who may be without safe water.”

The University Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) distributed hundreds of water testing kits to all county health departments affected by the flooding for this testing. These kits include supplies and instructions for collection and mailing of samples to the Lab on the Oakdale Campus, just north of Iowa City. Contact your county health department to obtain a kit.

The UHL provides consultation on disease prevention, water and food safety, and disinfection of environmental surfaces. These services are particularly helpful to homeowners and businesses as they resume operations following a flood. The toll-free number for the Hygienic Lab is 800-421-IOWA (4692).
Additional information about health concerns related to flooding is also available on the University of Iowa Flood Blog at uiflood.blogspot.com and on the UHL home page at www.uhl.uiowa.edu.
The Iowa Department of Public Health provides detailed information about precautions to following recovery and clean-up following a flood on their website at www.idph.state.ia.us.
The University Hygienic Laboratory is part of the University of Iowa and is the state of Iowa’s environmental and public health laboratory. The UHL is the designated laboratory for the Iowa Neonatal Metabolic Screening Program, with facilities located on the Oakdale Campus in Iowa City and at the Iowa Lab Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb. Among its many services, the laboratory functions as a consultative and analytical support facility for state agencies, health professionals and citizens. The UHL performs analyses on samples from virtually all matrices, including human clinical specimens, air, drinking water, wastewater, soil, sediment, industrial effluents, oil and fish. 

4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Pat Blake said,

    Thanks for posting the info on testing well water.

    Enjoying your blog. Didn’t know you were such an avid gardener.


  2. 2

    H2OKits.com said,

    Our Well Water Test Kit is specifically designed to help you test quickly and easily for the most common contaminants found in private well water, including: iron, copper, lead, bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, nitrites, chlorine, pH and hardness.

    If your home draws from private well water, regular testing (recommended yearly or more) is the only way to ensure the purity of your water and safeguard the health of your family. Please visit http://www.H2OKITS.com for your #1 source of water test kits.

  3. 3

    Thank you for posting this information. We came across it ourselves about a month ago and deemed it worthy of posting as well on WaterTestingBlog.Com.

    Since you’re a fan of gardening, we’re quite certain that you can appreciate just how critical it is to test the water used to irrigate your crops, water your plants, and what-not. http://WaterTestingBlog.Com provides useful water testing information to the public so they can make educated decisions about how best to test their water and when testing may be necessary.

    As H2OKits.Com said, testing your water on a regular basis is the best way to ensure the purity of your drinking water and safeguard the health of your family.

    Hope all going well for everyone and have a great day!

  4. 4

    It is so important to test your water; it is so easy when you use an at-home test. It is incredible how many different contaminates can be found in your drinking water, especially when you have a well.

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