You probably understand the benefits of owning your own private water well if you live or run a business in Macomb County, Oakland County, Lapeer County, or St. Clair County. Private ownership comes with a responsibility to maintain the quality of water. Ries Well Drilling wants to stress the importance of water testing, and how it can protect the health of you or your business.

Water is a Vital Resource

Water is a precious resource that must be safe for everyone to consume. It is important to test your well water regularly in order to detect harmful elements that could endanger your own health.

Common Contaminants

Contaminants may include E. coli bacteria, nitrates in agricultural runoff, heavy metals such as lead and arsenic, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are produced by industrial waste. They can also be naturally occurring radioactive substances, such as radon.

Contaminants and their Impact

Each contamination can have different effects on health. E. coli may cause fever and gastrointestinal problems, while nitrates can be particularly harmful to infants because they interfere with oxygen carrying capacity in the blood. Heavy metals such as lead and arsenic are known to cause many health issues, including organ damage and cancer. Lung cancer has been associated with radon exposure. Regular water testing is a good way to protect yourself from these health risks.

The Local Factor

Michigan’s diverse geography results in generally good groundwater purity, but local factors may have a significant impact on water quality. Local factors such as agriculture, industries nearby, mineral composition in the ground, and the age and construction of the well can all have an impact. Only regular testing can ensure the quality and safety of your well’s water.

Recommendations for Water Testing

Ries Well Drilling recommends testing your water for bacteria, nitrate, and nitrite at least once per year, in accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services guidelines. At least once in the life of a well, it’s advisable to test for arsenic and lead. It’s important to test your water if it suddenly changes color, taste, or odor.

Ries Well Drilling: The Ries Advantage

We have over 30 years of experience in serving the residents and businesses of Macomb, Oakland, and Lapeer Counties. Our team is familiar with the local geography, and how it impacts water quality. We are committed to providing meaningful and accurate testing results followed by clear, pragmatic recommendations.

We’re able to recommend the best solution if we discover a problem. It could be as simple as adjusting the depth of the well, installing a purification device, or drilling a brand new well.

We are committed to you

Ries Well Drilling places the safety and well-being of our clients at the forefront. Regular water testing can help ensure that your water is pure and safe to drink. We urge anyone in Macomb County, Oakland County, Lapeer County, or St. Clair County to include regular water testing among their private well ownership responsibilities.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your water well. Call us today at 586-784-9516 or visit our website at Our team of professionals is here to ensure that your water supply is reliable and safe.

Ries Well Drilling can provide you with a free estimate for water well drilling and service. We will help to maintain the quality and safety your water resources.