Water test

The results are in:

This water sample has PASSED and therefore meets the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (CDWQG) for bacteria in drinking water.

Test Description Result Aesthetic Objective Units of Measure
Zinc (Zn)-Extractable 0.02 5 mg/L
Copper (Cu)-Extractable <0.0004 1 mg/L
pH 7.62 pH units
TDS (Calculated from EC) 590 mg/L
Sulphate (SO4) – Soluble 88 500 mg/L
Calcium (Ca)-Extractable 67.1 mg/L
Potassium (K)-Extractable 4.08 mg/L
Magnesium (Mg)-Extractable 85.3 mg/L
Sodium (Na)-Extractable 22.1 200 mg/L
Iron (Fe)-Extractable 0.12 0.3 mg/L
Manganese (Mn)-Extractable 0.0115 0.05 mg/L
Nitrate+Nitrite-N – Soluble 0.022 10 mg/L
Hardness (as CaCO3) 519 500 mg/L
Hardness-grains/USgal 30.3 grn/USgal
Hardness-grains/IMPgal 36.4 grn/IMPgal
Conductivity 904 umhos/cm
Chloride (Cl) – Soluble 13 250 mg/L

We got our well tested, it cost 79 dollars for the testing but I think it was worth it, at least it cured my curiosity.

From what I figure the Aesthetic objective column is the maximum guideline, and the Result column is of course what our water has.

It all looks good except the Hardness (as CaCO3) which is 519,  Ideally hardness should be much less, as seen in the chart below.

  • Soft: 0–20 mg/L as calcium
  • Moderately soft: 20–40 mg/L as calcium
  • Slightly hard: 40–60 mg/L as calcium
  • Moderately hard: 60–80 mg/L as calcium
  • Hard: 80–120 mg/L as calcium
  • Very Hard >120 mg/L as calcium

It looks as though we will be getting a water softener. The water is drinkable though, The E.Coli and coliforms counts were both zero, so all is well.