Bacteria in Water: Good or Bad?

Bacteria in Water Good or Bad

Bacteria in Water: Good or Bad?

While some forms of bacteria in your drinking water can actually be food for you, there are also certain forms of bacteria that can create health issues for you and your loved ones. Those bacteria that are of the greatest concern are those that are found in the guts of warm-blooded animals. Water that has been contaminated with these types of bacteria is not considered safe to drink.

How Does Bacterial Contamination Occur?

Bacterial contamination most commonly occurs in drinking water due to an improperly designed or failing waste water system. This may include a septic system in a private home or a leaking sanitary pipe. Floodwater can also contain high levels of bacteria. While groundwater should typically be free from this type of bacteria, proper well design and construction is necessary to prevent contamination caused by surface waters.

What are the Effects of Bacteria in Water?

Disease-causing bacteria, or pathogens, can cause health problems when consumed in drinking water. Total coliform bacteria is commonly found in surface water as well as in soil and vegetation, but generally is not harmful. A subgroup of this group known as fecal coliform bacteria, however, can be problematic. This bacteria exists in the intestines and feces of animals and humans. Ingesting this bacteria can lead to diarrhea, cramps, headaches, nausea and other symptoms. Those with a compromised immune system may experience additional complications.

How is Bacterial Contamination Treated?

To determine whether or not your well water is contaminated with bacteria, you will need to have it tested. As a general rule of practice, you should have your well water tested once per year to ensure it is clean and safe to use. If your water is contaminated with bacteria, it will need to be treated in order to remove the bacteria. At Pump Service Idaho, we will happily test your water and recommend the proper course of action to ensure it is clean and safe to use. Contact us today to learn more about your water system treatment options!

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