Most wells (deep or shallow) take 1 gallon of bleach, pour directly into well. Full
gallon use 5.25% chlorine or use smaller bottle with 8.25% chlorine (extra strength).
Or use 1 cup powdered chlorine for new well, ½ cup existing well.
Hook up garden hose and run into well for 20 minutes. This does not use water but
Hose inside walls of well and inside cover, close.
Run cold water in kitchen until you smell chlorine (1-3 minutes) then shut off. Run
sink, tub, flush all toilets, outside spickets, washer hookup.
Giardia is a parasite causing extreme gastrointestinal infections contracted by drinking
contaminated water. Initial screening test is $47.50, cost $295 for a complete test.
Algae grows in any water with sunlight. Common in ponds. Many cause complete coverage
of pond surface. Identification $95.
Testing for inorganic chemicals
Pond, lake, aquarium chemical testing including copper, fertilizers, ammonia, sulfates,
pH, iron, hardness, others. Cost is $85. Determines if water is suitable for fish.
Heavy metals - arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, silver,
uranium and other metals cost $25-55 each.
Hair analysis - metal poisoning symptoms are numerous and not limited to chronic
fatigue, malaise, aches and pains and mental confusion. A noninvasive test on your
hair will place you in a quintile for each toxic metal relative to the general population.
Cost is $150.
Well chlorinating and water sample pickup
Testing for organic chemicals
Oil and grease includes heating oil, diesel, kerosene and other oils and greases
in water. Cost is $125.
Gasoline in water cost $125.
Antifreeze in water near junkyards, landfills. $30
Pesticides, herbicides costs vary. Ask about general families or a specific pesticide.
Sharp organic odor in your water? Inquire for appropriate tests.