Testing your private well water recommended as spring approaches

CLEAR WATER, Wis. (WEAU) – It may not have rained with Monday’s cold weather, but warmer temperatures on the way, which means snowmelt.

“We want our residents to be aware of testing their water, especially in the spring,” said Eau Claire city health department microbiologist Tristin Faust.

As the season begins to change from winter to spring, Faust says you should keep an eye on your water, especially if you have a private well.

“With the melting snow, it could potentially cause flooding around their well,” Faust said. “So if they experience flooding around their well, we recommend having their water tested.”

Faust says you should test your water for contaminants every 14 to 15 months.

“It’s important to test your water because it’s ultimately the only way to really know it’s safe to drink,” Faust said. “You can’t always see or taste the contaminants in your water.”

Faust says you should also have your water tested if you notice a strange taste, smell, or color.

“We recommend testing for bacteria and nitrates,” Faust said.

Faust says the health department has water testing kits available to Eau Claire County residents. She says bacteria and nitrate tests are the most common and cost $21 each.

The health department also has a newborn screening program.

“This is a free testing panel for Eau Claire County residents who have a private well with a pregnant woman living at home or a newborn baby,” Faust said.

Depending on the test, Faust says the results can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to come back.

“They can call us and we can help them interpret these results and there are different things they can do,” Faust said.

Faust recommends testing your well water at different times of the year. For example, if you took the test in the fall of last year, consider taking it in the spring of this year.

For more information on testing in Eau Claire County, you can visit the health department website. website.

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