Water Testing and Treatment
When routine water testing indicates coliform bacteria in water, it's common to collect additional samples and repeat the tests to help determine if there is an actual problem with the water system. Once the tests are confirmed, it's important for the entire water system – whether municipal or private – to be inspected to find the source of the contamination. Leaky pipes, septic tank problems, well mechanical problems, and other system issues can all lead to water bacteria contaminating the water supply. Once the source is identified, it can be repaired or corrected to eliminate the contamination.
After repairs are complete, the system should be flushed and, if you're on a private well, you may need to shock the well with chlorine. This should kill any microorganisms in the water. If there are ongoing or repeated contamination issues, you may want to install a continuous chlorination system.
If you are on a private water supply, we strongly encourage you to protect yourself and your family's health with one of our trusted and reliable disinfection systems. While chlorine is a good choice for seriously contaminated water, there are other easier and more affordable options for routine use.
Quantum disinfection is recent innovation that kills up to 99.9999% of microorganisms and bacteria in water. It uses no electricity and adds nothing to your water supply. Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection has been the technology of choice for several years now to render bacteria (including coliform in water) harmless. It's affordable and adds nothing to the water.
Ozone disinfection is extremely effective at killing pathogens, but it's also relatively expensive. This type of system is not recommended for most homes. Additionally, US Water has a complete line of lake and pond water treatment systems that include chlorination and ultraviolet for the treatment of surface waters.
US Water Systems carries a full line of water disinfection systems for home use. If you are not sure what size of which model you might need, don't hesitate to call one of US Water's Certified Water Specialists about how to most effectively treat your water for bacterial contamination. We can be reached 8 AM until 8 PM EDT or 5 AM to 5 PM (PDT) at 800-608-USWA or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.