Shock Well Disinfection | Shock Chlorination Lab
In order to tell if water wells have been contaminated, contamination testing must be performed. The EPA states that testing should be checked yearly, in order to catch serious contaminations before they develop further.
When there is a bacterial contamination, such as Coliform, diseases can end up developing from continued use of the water.
In cases of other bacterial contamination such as iron or sulfur, serious damage to the water system as a whole is possible.
If any work has recently been performed on your well or if it has recently been installed, it may be a good idea to perform contamination testing.
For shock chlorination, it is important to try using a mix of both pellet and granule forms of chlorine. By doing this, you can better ensure the well is entirely sanitized, with no parts missed. Once the chlorine is placed in the well, bleach is poured through the well in order for it to venture through the entire water system and alleviate contamination. Bleach regularly used in the household is more than effective for this process.
When performing well disinfection, be sure to clear all debris and remove all substances in the water that can be retrieved. Clean with your regular, household bleach. Once this is complete, take the cap off and see how much water is in the well. This will help determine the amount of chlorine necessary for water disinfection process. Pour chlorine into the well once the well cap is open.
Next, mix the chlorine granules with water and pour that down into the well. This will help to work on the portions of the well often missed by chlorine tablets that is dropped in. Be sure to circulate the water in order to reach the entire well.
Once shock chlorination has been performed on the water, leave it alone for 6 hours at the very least. This will allow enough time to completely clear out the well, so that you are not experiencing any contact with the inserted chlorine.
After 2 weeks have passed since the water disinfection, prepare to send a sample to a shock chlorination lab or contamination testing lab. This will ensure that the bacterial contamination has been completed and will alleviate through the shock chlorination process. If the problem continues, you may wish to contact a professional about treating the water through different methods.
Take note that shock chlorination can end up clogging fixtures as iron and scale are loosened. Be sure that you manage the clogging as the flushing process occurs. Shock chlorination is unable to remove nitrate and various other contaminants that can be a serious problem if left unattended.
Located in Coopersville, MI, Alliance Analytical Laboratories is a shock chlorination lab in Michigan with national and international capabilities. Contact us today to request a quote or call us directly at (616) 837-7670.