There are many benefits to living in Greater Naples Florida including the plentiful sources of easily accessible ground water. Ground water saturates the pores in the soil and sand that lies beneath the surface of the earth. These saturated layers are known as aquifers and they are the primary source of drinking water found in Florida. Ground water is protected in its underground location and in most instances it is naturally clean and free of contamination. However due to infrastructure and the use of insecticides, underground water can become contaminated by microbes and exposure to chemicals which can cause illness, some of which can be serious. Bacteria and other contaminants can reach the ground water and wells though the use of badly maintained septic systems, the use of fertilizer in agriculture and poorly constructed wells. Chemicals can also enter ground water though the application of pesticides, overwhelmed landfills, and hazardous waste materials that have been improperly disposed of. If you own a well you should understand and be aware of the potential risks of contaminated ground water entering your water supply.
Safe Drinking Water Acts Governing City Water VS Private Wells
A large percentage of Florida’s residents use public water systems that are mandated under the Federal and State Safe Drinking Water Acts. The rest of the population receives their water from private wells. The public water systems in Florida are required by law to perform and maintain routine testing to ensure that they meet safe drinking water standards unfortunately this does not hold true for private well owners who are responsible for making sure that the water they consume is safe for drinking.
Contaminated Well Water is Responsible for Causing Thousands of Cases of Illness Each Year
According to the experts at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) drinking water from a contaminated water source is responsible for causing thousands of cases of illness every year. Some of the most common contaminants found in well water include microbes and nitrates.
Microbes Such as Coliform & E Coli: There are many types of bacteria found in well water that by themselves may not be particularly alarming, however they are often an indication to the presence of more harmful forms of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can result in symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Nitrates in Well Water: Higher levels of nitrates detected in drinking water can be especially threatening to infants and toddlers. Nitrates are known to cause a chemical reaction with the hemoglobin found in the blood. This reaction causes a condition of anemia often referred to as “blue baby syndrome”.
Water Filtration, Purification & Treatment Systems in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida
If you own property and rely on a private well for your water supply, contact the knowledgeable experts at AAA Water Team to keep your water system maintained and free of disease causing bacteria and high levels of nitrates. Routine water testing is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure that the water you drink is clean and safe for both you and your family to consume. For more information regarding water testing and water well pumps installation and repairs, contact the knowledgeable experts at AAA Water Team today.