Water Test on a Spring - WNC Independent Labs

A spring is water coming straight up through dirt and is usually surface water.  It is exposed to insects, animals, dirt, weather, runoff, etc.  Springs are almost always going to test positive for bacteria.  Depending on the way the spring is set up it can be chlorinated, but it is more likely to come back than a standard well (and more likely to come back sooner).  The other option is a UV Light (which are typically more expensive to install and must be serviced every year).

If the spring is the water source for the house, there is no difference in the collection procedures. Otherwise the following apply:

Spring fed water system
20 January 2022 Water Testing FAQ
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