What you should know: Bacteria & Viruses
Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens are commonly found in well water, and can lead to severe illness.
Dangerous viruses, cysts, and bacteria in water, many of which are tasteless and odorless, can contaminate your well without warning. As a result, up to 34% of private wells test positive for E. coli or total coliform bacteria in water*. Disinfectants such as chlorine are commonly added to wells to reduce dangerous bacteria in water, but these additives can leave behind toxic byproducts. If left unchecked, bacteria in water can lead to diseases such as typhoid, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis and giardiasis.
*US Geological Survey. Quality of Water from Domestic Wells in Principal Aquifers of the United States,1991–2004. http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/circ1332/includes/circ1332.pdf.
Signs of Bacteria in Your Water
- Frequent illness from rinsed foods or drinking water
- Water test is positive for total coliform bacteria
- Bacteria in water is taste and odor-free, and will not be immediately apparent
Uses a targeted range of ultraviolet (UV) light to inactivate harmful pathogens.