Category Archives for Distillers

Coliform Bacteria Testing At Home: The Do’s and The Don’ts

Health authorities strongly recommend annual coliform bacteria testing for private water wells as contamination can occur without any change in taste or odor to the water. Depending on your needs, there are many options available for coliform bacteria testing, ranging from testing yourself at home to EPA-certified, lab quality testing.

There are many ways that well water can become contaminated by coliform bacteria, so it is most important to test:

  • Once a year for all private residential water wells
  • After a new well has been constructed
  • After recent work has been done on the well
  • If you suspect or see any indication that contamination has occurred due to interaction with flood water

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Testing and Treating Total Dissolved Solids

Testing and Treating Total Dissolved Solids. While salinity is generally used to describe and measure seawater or certain industrial wastes, the term “total dissolved solids” (TDS) is typically used to describe water high in various salt compounds and dissolved minerals.  High TDS levels are common near coastal rivers and oceans due to seawater infiltration of groundwater sources.  While one could technically have very high total dissolved solids and very low salinity, we’ll be talking here about high TDS with high levels of salts.Read More