Well Water Bacteria Removal in Greensboro, NC

We’ve all heard the warnings: never drink unsafe water. But are we intentional about testing and purifying our drinking water, especially supplies from private wells? Well water contaminated with bacteria can cause serious infectious disease, including dysentery, cholera, hepatitis, giardiasis and typhoid. In fact, bacteria is one of the most dangerous contaminants you can come into contact with, so it’s imperative that you take steps to eliminate bacterial infection in your water supplies.

But don’t fret just yet. The presence of some types of bacteria in well water is quite common and can be treated relatively simply and cost-effectively. If you’re in need of well water bacteria removal in Greensboro, N.C., Talley Water Treatment can help. Call us today and schedule a water test!

Can I Protect My Well Water From Bacteria?

There are some preventive measures you can take to help protect your water supply from bacterial contamination.

  • Disinfect tools, equipment or devices used during well drilling or pump servicing.
  • Slope the ground around the well to drain runoff.
  • Routinely inspect the well casing for cracks, corrosion, damage, a broken or missing well cap and settling or cracking of surface seals.
  • Keep thorough records of well maintenance and water testing.
  • Have the well tested periodically for contaminants.
  • Chlorinate the well any time it has been opened or serviced.
  • Do not mix or use fuels, degreasers, pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers or other toxic substances near the well.
  • Never dispose of hazardous materials in your septic system.

How Do I Know If My Well Water is Contaminated?

Bacteria are ubiquitous microscopic organisms that can be divided into two broad classifications: nuisance bacteria and health hazard bacteria. Nuisance bacteria pose no health risks, but can form slimes and clog well water pumps and pipes. Health hazard bacteria need to be addressed.

Iron bacteria is a nuisance bacteria; it won’t make you sick, but leaves a signature reddish-brown residue inside your pipes and fixtures, causing the water to be discolored, foul-tasting, malodorous and substandard for drinking. It may also plug the well screen.

Coliform bacteria — a broad class of bacteria, parasites and viruses — including total coliforms, fecal coliforms and E. coli are considered hazardous and should be treated immediately.

Water quality workers, like those at Talley Water Treatment, can test your well water for the presence of bacteria. If your well water tests positive for traces of coliform contaminants, you and your family may be exposed to water-borne diseases.

Well Water Bacteria Removal in Greensboro, NC

There are several options for well water bacteria removal in Greensboro, N.C and Guilford County. At Talley Water, we’ll assess your particular situation and identify the best treatment to suit your needs.

Chlorination: Chlorination is a widely used method for cleaning contaminated water because it’s highly effective in killing bacteria. A chemical feed pump continuously dispenses chlorine directly into the water supply, and the time required to kill the bacteria depends on chlorine concentration, water temperature, and contact time. The chlorine does taint the taste and smell of the water, but you can employ a carbon filter to counteract its effects. The disadvantages of this method are chlorine’s efficacy against other microorganisms and its reaction to organic matter, which yields trihalomethanes, known carcinogens.

Ozonation: Ozone is more potent than chlorine but the equipment can be difficult to maintain. Also, the effects of its by-products are not fully understood.

Ultraviolet Radiation (UV): This method uses ultraviolet light to kill bacterial organisms and uses a UV sensor to determine the correct germicidal dose. Using UV light is advantageous because no chemicals are mixed into the water; however, while it is effective in eliminating bacteria, it is useless against cysts and worms. Moreover, the lamp must be replaced every 9-12 months and is not effective with cloudy or turbid water.

If your Guilford County well is contaminated, contact Talley Water Treatment today for well water bacteria removal in Greensboro, N.C. Call us at 336-852-7717.