Many homeowners in Georgia’s Classic City favor water well as an efficient way to get their home’s regular supply of water safe enough for household use. However, while well water is generally safe (soil acts as a natural filter), there are many factors that open it up to contamination, thus often requiring reliable Athens, GA well service from professionals like Athens Plumbing & Well Service. If your well isn’t properly maintained, you could be in danger of some of these dangerous contaminants:


Chief among the organic contaminants that could plague your water supply are various bacterial species, both pathogenic and non-pathogenic. While the latter isn’t exactly dangerous, they could nonetheless alter the water’s color, taste, and other factors. Pathogenic bacteria like E-coli, on the other hand, are extremely dangerous and should be eliminated.

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Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are substances that, while they may evaporate or dissolve in surface water, could persist and collect in groundwater, making it essentially toxic. These include gasoline, diesel fuel, and other fuels. While some VOCs could easily be detected by their odor, some are essentially invisible and odorless when mixed with groundwater.

Radon contributor Michael Drwiega suggests that radon is also a common water contaminant that could be plaguing your well:

Radon is a radioactive substance that occurs apart from human activity and can contaminate well water insidiously, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A colorless, ordorless, tasteless gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, radon can dissolve in water. In some areas, high levels of radon occur in groundwater and can enter private wells, states the CDC. 


Some minerals that naturally occur in well water could also contaminate it if there are enough concentration, albeit their effects aren’t exactly as dangerous as VOCs and pathogenic bacteria. Excess calcium, for instance, produce hard water (scales deposited in heaters), manganese causes metallic tastes, and iron contributes to a rusty color in the water.


A common scenario in agricultural locales, pesticide dumping is another problem that could seep into private wells. In the right concentration, this could be downright fatal, so if you’re living near farms, get your water tested for pesticides regularly and get the appropriate treatment (often carbon filtration or reverse osmosis).

Trust a reliable Athens, GA plumber to deliver efficient well water maintenance and inspection services to make sure that your home receives only clean, safe, and potable water for use.


(Source: What Causes Dirty Well Water?, eHow)