Your private well water supply may not be as safe as you believe it to be.
This article is not meant to scare you, but we do want to inform you of what we are also seeing every week in our home town areas.
The following story tells the recent story of Diana Alcantar from Nampa:
High levels of pollution are common in water from private wells in southwest Idaho. Agriculture and the area’s volcanic history are two causes.
It’s a fact Diana Alcantar learned the hard way in November 2013.
That’s when Alcantar moved to rural Nampa with her husband and two children. Before closing on their new home on Farmway Road, the couple decided to have their drinking water tested.
The test came back positive for high levels of nitrates and arsenic. Alcantar’s realtor said it was a problem that could be fixed.
“I was in shock and I was panicking, but she said there was ways for us to purify the water and drink it safely,” Alcantar told KTVB.
The water quality for private wells in our valley has not gotten better since then.
The affects of nitrates and arsenic on health?
Contaminants like nitrates and arsenic can have an adverse affect on health, especially for children.
Nitrates usually originate from fertilizer, animal waste or human sewage and end up seeping into your well. These nitrates mainly affect infants under the age of six by interfering with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
Arsenic is just as bad. It has no taste or smell so you wouldn’t even realize it was there. Arsenic can cause skin damage and circulatory problems, and long term exposure can cause cancer of the liver, bladder and other organs.
E. Coli in South Nampa Private Well
“A series of privately-owned wells south of Nampa tested positive for E. coli last year are being contaminated by sewage”, Southwest District Health announced recently announced . E. Coli in south Nampa private well water
Have you had your well water tested lately?
For the sake of your family and children, it is recommended you test your water supply regularly. At least once every 6 months to 1 year.
To test your water supply, just go to the Southwest District Health website for information. They can test for nitrates, arsenic, and other toxins at a cost of only $16-$75.
But what if you do find contaminants in your well water? What do you do?
Let us help you find a solution
Don’t panic if you find toxins in your well water. We offer many types of proven, quality, dependable water filtration systems including Reverse Osmosis.
Simply contact us for a FREE equipment needs assessment. There is no obligation. Providing residents of Idaho with clean drinking water is what we strive to do.