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Royall Pump
& Well Company
Robert W. Royall, Owner

2958 Anderson Highway
Powhatan, VA  23139


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Water Testing ... Do you know what's in your water?

See also:
Do it yourself Bacteriological Test
  |  How to Have Your Water Tested by Our Lab

Water is a universal solvent and to a degree, most compounds including those found in underground saturated rock formations are soluble in water.  Therefore, groundwater frequently assumes the characteristics of the geological formations it passes through on its way to your well.  Drilled or Deep wells draw their water from aquifers that exist below and within the bedrock.  This water usually has different characteristics from that which is provided by Shallow or Bored wells which are supplied by surface waters.  Water quality, while usually consistent, may vary due to environmental forces such as wet or dry spells, geological shifting and settling, local and heavy construction, consumption habits, and the aquifer's general condition to name a few.
Groundwater that passes through iron and manganese (natural elemental metals) bearing rock formations can impact the water supply by discoloring the water and/or causing yellow, orange, red, brown or black stains on plumbing fixtures over time.  A non health threatening  but annoying bacteria ... Iron Bacteria may also show itself as a growth that compromises the water system.  Also, groundwater passing through rock void of limestone (probably the most common condition) will generally have a low pH causing an acidic, corrosive condition.  This condition is indicated by plumbing integrity problems such as pinhole leaks and blue/green fixture stains as it reacts to copper plumbing systems and causes premature water heater failures.  When limestone is present, hardness crusts and scale deposits from the water are the natural by-products that also increase soap consumption, shortens fabric life and dries skin and hair.  It too shortens water heater's life.  Sulfates naturally present in most groundwater can make itself known when numerous variables of the water system allow its conversion to hydrogen sulfide the obnoxious sulfur/rotten egg odor.

Whether you have been in your home for a number of years or you have recently moved in to a new well please note:  The Virginia Department of Health requires private water supplies be tested for the presence of E. Coli and coliform bacteria in order to obtain an occupancy permit and well certification.  E. Coli is an organism that specifically comes from animal waste and causes dysentery in humans.  The test is usually done after the well has been shocked with a chlorine based disinfectant.  According to Virginia Health Officials, your private water source is deemed "safe" if no sign of this organism is present in this one time "snap-shot" test.  It does not, however, ensure that the water will remain "safe" after the chlorine has dissipated and the well has replenished itself with new groundwater.

As offensive as some of these conditions sound, these and other conditions not mentioned are usually very treatable.  Treatment makes very good sense when considering the importance of good water needed to keep up health, not having to rely on inconvenient, costly yet only partially regulated bottled water and surely to protect the investment and integrity of the plumbing and piping system of your home.

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