Virginia Environmental Resources

Private Well Water Testing & Treatment Services

We offer complete water testing services and the best professional water tests to identify the most common contaminants and elements that effect your water. We have partnered with a State-Certified laboratory to help diagnose more extensive water problems as well. Our comprehensive in-home water testing experts are eager to help!

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Private Well Water Testing and Treatment Services

If you have a private well, it’s important to have your water tested regularly. Well water quality can change for many different reasons including weather, repair of plumbing, age of well equipment, activities at the land surface, etc. Our well water testing service can identify potential issues with your well water quality! Certain common pollutants are only of concern for “nuisance” purposes; for example, they may have an odd taste or smell without any health consequences, or they may cause stains on porcelain or clothing. Some have major, even dangerous, effects on one’s health. Private well owners need to be vigilant about threats to their water supply. The first step to clean well water is to give our office a call and schedule a private well water test today. 

What Contaminants are a concern in Private Wells?

  • Radioactive elements like uranium or radium. While the health effects of various types of radioactive elements vary, the possibility of cancer is a common concern. Recent studies also reveal that radioactive materials may harm the immunological, neurological, and endocrine systems.
  • Fluoride: In addition to being added to drinking water by many water systems, fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in surface and groundwater.
  • Metals: Arsenic is commonly found in groundwater.
  • Microbes:  such as bacteria, viruses, and other parasites.
  • Nitrate: a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff.
  • Industrial waste like volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can pollute private water wells near industrial sites or landfills.
  • Toxic Pesticides commonly make their way into groundwater in agricultural areas.
  • Lead and Copper can leach from pipes and plumbing fixtures because of the presence of corrosive compounds such as acids in groundwater.

How to find out if well water is contaminated

You don’t know what’s in the water if you don’t test it. The only way to know is to have your well water tested by a certified laboratory. Fortunately, we have partnered with a State-Certified laboratory to help diagnose more extensive water problems. Contact us today, our comprehensive water testing experts are eager to help! 

How Often should you test private Well water?

According to the Center of Disease Control, “At a minimum, check your well every spring to make sure there are no mechanical problems; test it once each year for total coli-form bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well.” Regular tests are highly encouraged because contaminant levels can fluctuate over time. Other circumstances when you should test your well water include:

  • Before you use it for the first time.
  • If someone in the household is pregnant or nursing.
  • If there are known problems with well water in your area.
  • If your household plumbing contains lead.
  • If there has been flooding or other land disturbances in your area.
  • After you repair any part of your well system.
  • If you notice changes in the taste, color or odor of your water.

What Tests are Recommended For Private Well water?

The best way to ensure that your drinking water from a private well is safe from harmful contaminants is to have it tested. The following table lists the tests recommended by the VA Department of Health for all private wells even if you do not notice any problems with your water.  

Ultraviolet Light Bacteria Removal for Private Well Water

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to disinfect their well water. Groundwater is not stagnant. It’s always moving and fluctuates rapidly. Your private well is exempt from EPA regulations safeguarding public drinking water sources. Even the most recent and well-maintained wells can become contaminated. Appropriate filtration and disinfection, regular testing, and maintenance are required. Reducing the health risks linked to contaminated well water and enhancing water quality can be achieved by implementing ultraviolet technology for disinfection. The use of ultraviolet technology for disinfection is quick and affordable. UV-C lamps, also called germicidal ultraviolet lamps, release ultraviolet light with a wavelength of 254 nanometers. This level is fatal to viruses, mold, bacteria like E. Coli, and cysts like Cryptosporidium that might be in your water.

3 Methods to address private well water contamination

Private Well Water Testing
Private Well Maintenance
Private Well Water Treatment

It’s advised by experts to have a certified laboratory test your water at least once a year, or more frequently if there is cause for concern, such as a failed water test. This process will monitor the pH levels of the water and show you if your well water tests positive for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and dissolved solids.

To rule out any physical problems near or with your well, it is also advised to have your well inspected on a regular basis by a well water specialist. Reduced water pressure, nearby abandoned water wells, and damaged or corroded fittings, casings, and pipes are among the areas of concern that the investigation may uncover.

You should try to eliminate the source of contamination whenever you can. Nevertheless, it is not always possible to eliminate all natural and artificial causes. Your water is safer from dangerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi when you treat it continuously with UV-C lights. Contact our office for more information. 

Private Well Water Testing Cost

Please call our office at 540-737-4915 to discuss pricing for our extensive well water tests.  Here is a list of further in-depth testing that we provide:

  • Total & Fecal Coliform Bacteria (24 hr.)
  • Fecal Coliform Bacteria (18hr.)
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Fluoride
  • Nitrates and Nitrites
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Orthophosphate
  • Total Hardness
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Alkalinity
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Iron Bacteria
  • Sulfate Bacteria
  • Radon in water
  • TPH DRO Diesel test for soil or water
  • TPH GRO Gasoline test for soil or water
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Why Choose Virginia Environmental Resources?

We established our reputation by providing excellent customer service at every single job. Our mission is simple, to help people access clean water. When you work with Virginia Environmental Resources, you can count on personalized, one-on-one service every step of the way. Let us earn your trust by being responsive, intuitive, and sincere. Our goal is to earn your respect by completing projects professionally, on time, and within budget. With Virginia Environmental Resources can offer you:


Virginia Environmental Resources is proud to be the authorized Hague Quality Water dealer in Fredericksburg and its surrounding areas. Since 1960, Hague Quality Water has been manufacturing the most reliable and efficient water treatment systems in the USA. We are water treatment specialists, experienced, knowledgeable, and eager to offer expert installation and service.

There are many reasons why Hague is the best in the industry. As a continuously family-owned and operated business since the company’s inception, Hague has demonstrated to be there for you when you need us. After 50 years of experience and innovation, Hague is dedicated to staying at the forefront of the industry with leading technology, unsurpassed quality, and incomparable efficiency.

We look forward to serving your water treatment needs. Contact us today!

Schedule a Well Water Test with our Experts now!

We offer complete water testing services and the best professional water tests to identify the most common contaminants and elements that affect your water. We have partnered with a State-Certified laboratory to help diagnose more extensive water problems as well.