The Building Inspector of Connecticut
offers both water quality and well recovery testing
A water quality test is conducted to determine the mineral and chemical composition of the water supply. This test also determines whether or not bacteria (both coliform and fecal coliform) is present.
Profile #1 - Basic Profile
- Total Coliform
May indicate presence of disease causing organisms
- Total Coliform
May indicate contamination from metals or other sources
May indicate presence of contaminants
May indicate possible contamination from natural or manmade contaminants
At high levels, hardness impedes soaps and detergents ability to clean, and can cause scaling and deposits
Low pH can cause corrosion of metals found in plumbing and fixtures. High pH may cause scaling or deposit build up in pipes
May indicate animal waste, fertilizer or septic contamination
May indicate roadside “salting” or discharge from other sources
May indicate possible contamination from detergents or other sources
At high levels cause staining and coloration of water and fixture
Copper in small amounts is not considered detrimental to health, but will impart an undesirable taste to drinking water. High levels are usually due to low pH and low hardness in the water.
Profile #2 - Includes the Basic test Plus...
- Radon in Water
Profile #3 - Includes Profile #2 Plus...
The purpose of this test is to measure and determine the amount of water flowing into the well casing. Recovery of a well is important to insure that enough water will be available to the home for the anticipated needs of the future occupants.
Water is drawn from the well for approximately one hour through a metering device. The number of gallons of water drawn during the test time is divided by the number of minutes that the test is performed. This is to insure an adequate water supply for the inhabitants of the home.
Well recovery test are performed under the conditions that exist at the time of the inspection. Recovery rates may fluctuate over time and your actual well rate will vary, dependent on seasonal variations and demand on the aquifer supply.
Permanent changes in your water supply can be caused by seismic activity, blasting in the area or increased wells drawing from the same aquifer.