Salmonella In Well Water: What You Need to Know

Justin Ross

Most people know that Salmonella is a bacteria that infects people through their eating of uncleaned and poorly prepared food. However, few people know that this disease can actually be caused by bacterial infection in their well water. Although Salmonella is very rarely a deadly disease, it can still cause extreme diarrhea, high fevers, and cramps. Eliminate this threat by understanding how your well water gets infected and what you can do to treat it.

How Does Salmonella Get In Wells?

Salmonella isn't a common problem in commercial wells, but it can still occur if your water source gets infested by feces. It can be animal or human feces. Beyond being disgusting and unhealthy, this also has the potential to spread Salmonella if the feces are contaminated by it.

Feces seepage into wells can occur in a variety of manners, including:

Can You Filter Salmonella from Drinking Water?

If you or your family starts to show signs of salmonella infection, immediately stop ingesting your water and go to a doctor immediately. Then, purchase a filtration system to place on your sink or your water supply. These systems are designed to eliminate bacteria and other dangerous elements and help make your water safe to drink.

Types of filtration systems that have been proven to have very high or moderate effectiveness at treating Salmonella include:

  • Microfiltration filters
  • Ultrafiltration filters
  • Nanofiltration
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Distillation
  • Ultraviolet systems

Most of these filters vary depending on the size of the item they will filter. For example, microfiltration filters eliminate items from about 0.1 micron size (making it appropriate for Salmonella), while nanofiltration filters remove items as small as 0.008 microns. The smaller the microns filtered, the more effective the filter will be in eliminating Salmonella.

What Other Precautions Can I Take?

Although filtering and boiling your water can help take care of any immediate Salmonella concerns, they're just a band aid on a serious problem. You need to get your well tested immediately for infection. Professional well testers will help verify Salmonella, will work to eliminate it from your water, and will find and eliminate its source. There's a good chance that you may have to get a new well bored. The boring crew will make sure to avoid any damage to your previous well and will place it in an area where Salmonella infection is must less likely. Contact a service like Coonse Well Drilling & Pump Co Inc for further information.

After you've had your well treated or moved, start getting it tested at least once a year for dangerous fecal coliform bacteria. These bacteria (which include Salmonella and E.coli) are spread primarily through feces and are dangerous.