The Building Inspector of Connecticut

offers both water quality and well recovery testing

Water Testing

Testing Profiles

Profile #1 - Basic Profile

    • Total Coliform
      May indicate presence of disease causing organisms
    • Turbidity
      May indicate contamination from metals or other sources
    • Color
      May indicate presence of contaminants
    • Odor
      May indicate possible contamination from natural or manmade contaminants
    • Hardness
      At high levels, hardness impedes soaps and detergents ability to clean, and can cause scaling and deposits
    • PH
      Low pH can cause corrosion of metals found in plumbing and fixtures. High pH may cause scaling or deposit build up in pipes
    • Nitrite/Nitrate
      May indicate animal waste, fertilizer or septic contamination
    • Chloride/Sodium
      May indicate roadside “salting” or discharge from other sources
    • Sulfate
      May indicate possible contamination from detergents or other sources
    • Iron/Manganese
      At high levels cause staining and coloration of water and fixture
    • Copper
      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.
    • Calcium
    • Fluoride

Profile #2 - Includes the Basic test Plus...

    • Lead
    • Radon in Water
    • Arsenic
    • Uranium



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.

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