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Testing Residential Private Well Drinking Water and Understanding Bacteriological Analyses

Publication Number: IS2017
Updated: January 24, 2017
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Clean, safe drinking water is important to your health, and you expect it when you turn on the tap. You may be concerned about contamination of drinking water if you notice a change in its appearance, taste, or odor. However, it is important to remember that many of the chemicals or microorganisms that could make you sick cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. Likewise, contaminants in drinking water do not necessarily put your health at risk. If you are concerned about the quality of your water, this publication will provide guidance on how to have a water sample taken, what tests should be run on the sample, and how to interpret your test results.

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