Posted by: TerraSaver | January 17, 2018

TESTING WELL WATER WHEN BUYING COUNTRY PROPERTY

When buying country property where the water is supplied by wells or springs, the buyer frequently focuses on well volume and bacteria levels which may need treatment.  Another water test that should be seriously considered is the mineral content of the water and if the property will be used for agriculture, we would consider this type of testing mandatory.  There is a separate charge for this type of test but if the property is going to be used for agriculture, landscaping or gardens, the mineral content of the water can preclude the growing of some types of plants – for example grapes or some types of vegetables.  Additionally, high levels of iron or manganese may need to be addressed to protect equipment or the appearance of structures the water comes in contact with.

The well testing company usually arranges water samples to be provided to the laboratory for both types of tests.  The results of the tests usually come with the levels of minerals found and an explanation of tolerance levels and the effects of various components.  A partial example of such a report for a 40 acre parcel in Sonoma County with 5 acres of vineyard planned and a vegetable garden.  While this may look complex, the explanations below will greatly simplify these figures.  In addition, there are treatment options for many of these minerals as there are for elevated levels of bacteria.

ANALYSIS

A more complete analysis of both water and soil analysis can be found at:
WARD LABORATORY’S GUIDE TO WATER AND SOIL CONTENT

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