Water Test on a Spring

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:

  • The spring must be on property you own or are looking to  buy.
  • There must be a collection point where we can easily fill up a water bottle. You can email or text us a photo if you are unsure.
  • The collection point must be safely and easily accessible (ie, not down a bank, or in a thorn thicket, or in poison ivy, etc).
  • The collection point must be near the road/driveway/parking area (no more than a 5-10 min walk – not a hike/climb).
Spring fed water system

Chlorinating a Spring fed System

Springs are literally water coming up through the dirt – they are going to have bacteria.

Depending on the set up and components, a spring fed system can be chlorinated to produce a clean test.

However, bacteria can come back very quickly and you may want to test it more frequently than a standard well.

If you are worried about the bacteria levels, you may want to talk to a well contractor about drilling a standard well or a plumber about adding a uv light to your spring system.

A spring fed water system – probably going to have bacteria