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Groundwater Contamination: Pesticides


Detecting and Treating Pesticides in Water

What are pesticides?

Pesticides are chemical substances designed to control or eliminate pests, including insects, weeds, and fungi. While these chemicals serve agricultural and landscaping purposes, their presence in drinking water can pose risks to human health.

Where does it come from?

Agricultural Runoff: Pesticides applied to crops can leach into the soil and, in turn, contaminate groundwater through agricultural runoff.

Urban and Residential Use: Pesticides used in lawns, gardens, and pest control around homes can infiltrate the soil and find their way into groundwater.

Industrial Discharges: Certain industries may release nitrates into the environment, impacting water sources.

Are pesticides a health hazard?

Exposure to pesticides in drinking water can have adverse health effects, ranging from acute symptoms to long-term health risks. Health hazards may include gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, and potential links to chronic conditions.

When should I test?

Regular testing for pesticides in well water is crucial, especially if you are located in agricultural areas or areas with intensive pesticide use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends periodic testing, and more frequent testing if you notice changes in water quality or land use in your area.

If my water tests positive, what should I do next?

If your water tests positive for pesticides, swift action is essential. Here are the recommended steps:

Cease Consumption: Avoid drinking the water until the issue is resolved. Utilize alternative water sources for drinking and cooking.

Contact U.S. Water: Reach out to us for professional assistance. Our advanced treatment solutions are designed to effectively reduce pesticide levels in your water, ensuring a safe and clean water supply.

U.S. Water’s Pesticide Treatment Options

Advanced Filtration Systems: U.S. Water offers advanced filtration systems designed to effectively remove pesticides from your water, providing a reliable and efficient solution.

Reverse Osmosis: Our Reverse Osmosis systems are proven point-of-use filter systems to reduce pesticide levels, ensuring the delivery of clean and safe drinking water.

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The Right Solution Starts with an Accurate Test

U.S. Water offers comprehensive well water testing services through itsWisconsin state-certified water testing lab. This ensures the most accurate testing and, with our test facility onsite, you are guaranteed a fast turnaround time. In addition to our basic analysis, we offer a full range of certified water tests and well inspection services.