Post # 1
We were supposed to be closing on our house this week, but the water test that we are required to have came back positive for bacteria. We are having the well sanitized and the water retested, which is pushing closing back at least a week. I am concerned that there will still be bacteria and I won’t be able to get the house. I am not sure why the bacteria would be there in the first place, so even if they get rid of it for now how can I be sure it’s safe in the future? Anyone experience this before?
Post # 2
carly20: This happened to us when we bought our house as well. In our case the previous owners hadn’t tested the water in about 15+ years. Bacteria can get into a well by leeching through soil, bedrock or whatever so it is recommended to test your well annually I believe. Shocking the well (sanitizing) should take care of the problem, but you’ll need to retest every once in a while just to make sure bacteria isn’t getting into the well. Good luck!
Post # 3
carly20: I don’t have a well but I have a spring, so my situation is probably different. Do you use a water tank to store the water or does it come straight from the well? For us, my neighbor had our water tested from their kitchen faucet and the test came back positive for E. coli. We were told our water was too dangerous to even brush our teeth with. Turns out there was a dead bird in their tank and there wasn’t anything wrong with our spring at all! But um, yeah…I don’t know if this is helpful at all for you…good luck though!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t be too worried. Our well water came back positive for bacteria, but not e-coli and the big commercial lab told me not to worry. It isn’t like the ground or holding tank is sterile. They asked if we had been drinking it and if we’d been sick. We had been drinking it for years and feel fine.