If you suspect your water is making you sick the first thing to test for is Coliform Bacteria and E. coli. This is a simple $20 test with results available in one day. You can get more information at our Coeur d’Alene lab by calling 208-665-5666.
Another common test is the presence of Nitrate and Nitrite. This is especially important if infants are in the home.
Beyond those two tests which most water systems must monitor regularly, the possibilities for further testing are endless, limited only by the depth of your pocket book. SVL has several common analytical suites available.
In Idaho you can search a map for potential analytes of concern at
Idaho Ground Water Quality Interactive Map
The interactive map represents ground water data analyzed by the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories from 2012 to 2016. Domestic well owners can access the map by clicking on the link above. Contact the Chemistry Section Manager with any questions.
Another source of information is wellowner.org.