I grew up on well water. I also grew up with the illusion that well water is somehow safer than city water but after several years of research into survival water, I've learned that all is not as seems. Well water isn't monitored by any official agency. If there are industrial accidents, for example, the city will test its water supply to ensure safety. What happens if your well water is near a fracking operation? Check out what happened to this lady.
Methane does and can occur naturally but according to this video, the methane in her water is from fracking. If you live near an area that has fracking operations, get your well water tested every 6 months. Hold that thought. I'll tell you where to go for testing near you here shortly.
If you don't already, have your well water tested annually or every 6 months if you live anywhere near industrial plants or fracking operations. There’s an absurdly large list of potential contaminants that can affect the quality of your well water. It’s insanity trying to dig through them all. What it boils down to is that if it can soak into the ground, it can soak into your well too.
There are three categories of contaminants: Inorganic Compounds, Organic Compounds and Pathogens. Each poses a unique set of problems and health concerns. Some deposits are natural and others end up in your drinking water because of careless human activity (some of which is essentially corporate greed because it's cheaper to just dump waste than to process it correctly). More specifically, these toxins and impurities can end up in your water because of industrial waste, pesticides from farms and orchards and as the byproducts of industry (pharmaceuticals, automotive, pest control, refineries and more). Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are the direct result of septic system failure and animal waste from farms.
You should consider having your well water tested annually and especially if:
there's been a drought
you've had your septic system worked on
there's been a flood
if your water has any changes in taste, color, odor or if it appears cloudy
Annually, after the snow melts (road salt is the #1 contaminant in well water)
You live near industrial factories or fracking operations within 25 miles
I found this video years ago and for some reason, it stood out to me as an example of corporate carelessness. As long as corporate interests are first and foremost, you and I will never truly be safe.
Where do you test your well water (or any water for that matter)? Look up your state's Department of Natural Resources. From there, the state will have a list of labs that they recommend to test your water.
We also have the choice of independent labs and of course, the cost will vary. Culligan offers a free test but it may not be available in your area.
At the very least, consider filtering your water even if you have to go the uber cheap route and make your own charcoal. It sure beats the alternative of getting sick.