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For information on this page, contact:
Liesa Lehmann
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Private Water Supply

Private water supply specialists

What’s wrong with my water?

You wonder if something’s wrong with the water coming from your private well. It smells, tastes, or looks different; or it stains your laundry or bathroom fixtures. Confirm the cause of your water complaints before attempting to fix them.

Get the right diagnosis

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Use our diagnostic information to get to the bottom of your water concern. Start by taking stock of your complaints -- similar to your doctor asking you to describe your symptoms and ordering tests before giving you a diagnosis.

Identify Your Water’s Symptoms

Get tested

Test your water annually for coliform bacteria and at least once for other contaminants. Even if your water looks, tastes and smells good, it can contain harmful bacteria and viruses.

Test Your Private Well Water Annually

Get the right fix

Weigh the possible solutions listed for each diagnosed water problem. They are listed from easiest and/or least expensive solution to hardest and/or most expensive.

Recognize that water treatment units that work for one problem don't necessarily work well for others. If treatment is a good option for your problem, follow these steps to make sure you get the right device.

Last revised: Thursday March 28 2019