Eau Claire (WQOW) – There are about 9,000 private well owners in Eau Claire, according to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. Only about half of those have been tested by its owners.
The Health Department recommends well owners test their wells every year for bacteria and nitrate, and if it is newly created, every six months.
Boiling well water does not remove contaminants like nitrate, lead or arsenic. Other potential contaminants and naturally occurring characteristics (pH, hardness, iron) may lead to illness, developmental delays in children, or damage your well or plumbing.
A well can become unsafe due to contaminated groundwater when maintenance work is done, or if the well construction is weakened. Nitrate can be present in well water from the runoff of fertilizer from lawns or fields. High nitrate levels are unhealthy for everyone, but especially for babies less than six months old and pregnant women.
“Nitrate at too high of a level can be harmful, it hurts the ability for our blood to carry oxygen around our body, so its really important to have a good idea of what’s in our water so we can be sure that our kids, our grandparents, our families are safe,” said Audrey Boerner, Project Manager for the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.
Well water testing can be done at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. The staff there can give people a sample bottle with a list of instructions on how to properly collect the well water.
Free water testing is available for families that have recently had a baby and live in Eau Claire County.
Call this number for more information: (715) 839-4718