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Choose some characteristics of your water to compile a list of potential contaminants you may want to test for. This list was created from EPA's Private Well information and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

My Water Smells Like Sewage

Could be impact from septic or sewer.

Indicators to test for:

Total coliform, E. coli, nitrate and nitrite.

My Water Looks Rusty

Could be rust from pipe corrosion, possibly corrosive water.

Indicators to test for:

Iron, pH and hardness.

My Water Does Not Lather Soap

Could be hard water

Indicators to test for:

Total hardness, calcium and magnesium.

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