Maintaining Safe Drinking Water in Your Private Well

July 23, 2019 9:00 AM

Many rural residents in Iowa rely on private wells as their source of water for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, and watering livestock.  Even if your well and the area around it have remained unchanged, it is important to test water annually for indicators of contamination, including nitrate and bacteria, to ensure the water is safe to drink.  The spring and early summer months are an ideal time to test as melting snow and spring rains move through the soil and recharge groundwater sources.  Changes in color, taste, and odor are also indicators that a test should be taken to ensure the health and safety of water for drinking and other uses....

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