How do you know whether your spring water is safe to drink?

Before we put an offer on this property years back, we gathered water samples inside from each faucet and sent them off to be tested. It was a deciding factor in whether or not we’d consider buying.

But that was years ago, and water quality can change by the day or even hour. We’ve wanted to test it for months now, and finally found an option closer to home.

My mother-in-law found someone who works for the Health Department of Tennessee who had just received a grant to test 100 wells and springs throughout the state. The purpose of the grant is to get a better picture of the need for treated water in rural areas. While we are not actually interested at all in getting city water on our property, we can learn for free more about our water quality for free while providing valuable data to them as they conduct their statewide research.

We are her first subject for the new year.

She gathered samples for various tests and will get back to us with results. One test will be available within a week or two, while the rest are running through a busy lab that could take up to a month.

We know immediately that the pH of the water is in a very good range. For questions about radon, lead, mercury, and other potentially hazardous materials, we have to wait.