We just finished building a house in Northwest Montana and we had to dig a water well. We found a good supply of water at 250 feet. We are out in the forest and I am sure there are no nearby toxic waste issues to deal with.
Should we bother to test the water if it appears clean and smells okay?
If we do decide to test the water who actually does that? Is there usually a public agency or do I found a local private company that does water testing?
We are new to the state and I have never had a well before so any help would be greatly appreciated!
Call your County’s Department of Environmental Health. They’ll know what contaminants commonly occur in your area, and can give you advice on testing and labs. I’ll pull samples to send to labs, but you’re outside my area.
You would have had to apply for a subsurface drilling permit and pay a fee, I can see from the website, but your driller probably did that.
Having your water tested by disinterested third party would be wise, at least initially, since there are concerns besides potability, long term.
Potable water can have pH (acidity) affecting whatever plumbing materials you opt to use. Hardness is invariably involved with treatment methods.
Any water treatment begins with just the facts, m’aam.