Well Water Testing & Inspections
If you are selling your home and need your well water tested, or simply want the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have safe water, our trained and knowledgeable operators can collect any water samples you may require. Well & pressure tank inspections are also an important part of keeping your water safe and your well pump running correctly.
Northern Utility Services is Alaska’s trusted independent water and wastewater sampling contractor. Our state certified water operators will take your samples precisely and quickly, and our partnership with ARS Aleut Analytical means that we can have results in as little as 36 hours*.
NUS has over 20 years of experience in drinking water regulatory compliance and monitoring. Our operators take hundreds of water and wastewater samples per year, ensuring the water quality for thousands of Alaskans. Water is our passion, and we will use that passion to serve you.
Our primary operating area is in Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, Palmer & Wasilla, however, we often work as far north as Talkeetna and are in the Kenai/Soldotna area at least once a month. Inspections & water testing outside the Anchorage/Mat-su area will include a charge for travel time.
Water Testing Packages
Safe Well Package
If you are selling your home in the Municipality of Anchorage, or have buyers using a VA or FHA loan to purchase your home, this is the test package for you. To prove that your water is safe, we test for the three most common and dangerous water contaminants: Arsenic, Nitrates, and Coliform Bacteria.
If you have never had your well water tested, or if your well hasn’t been tested in many years, we suggest that you start with the Safe Well Package. Coliform Bacteria testing will indicate if surface contamination is entering your well. Arsenic is common in ground water but levels above 10 parts per billion are considered dangerous. Arsenic levels rarely fluctuate. Nitrates can be harmful to children, and elevated levels indicate interference from nearby septic systems or surface contamination. Nitrates in well water can fluctuate seasonally due to ground water flow and surface run off. If your well water has a Nitrate value over 5.0 Mg/L (milligrams per litre) we suggest getting a nitrate sample at least every year, preferably every 6 months.
Coliform Bacteria Testing
Coliform bacteria can indicate the presence of other harmful bacteria in your water. It is recommended that private wells be tested for coliform bacteria at least once a year, as bacteria are the single biggest health risk related to your drinking water.
Some wells present higher risk than others. If your well is less than 50 ft deep, is located in a low spot where water stands near the well, is situated below grade, draws from a bedrock fissure, or has any holes or gaps larger than 1/8 inch, it is strongly suggested that a quarterly testing program be implemented.
Other Water Testing
We offer testing services for all major water contaminants, including Bacteria, Arsenic, Nitrates, Lead, Copper, Volatile Organic Compounds, Iron, Hardness, Chlorine, Fluoride, and many more.
Well & Pressure Tank Inspections
Water Well Inspection
Your water well is your source of safe, potable drinking water. For your safety, the wellhead (pictured) should be inspected on a regular basis. If the wellhead is not properly secured, your well can easily be contaminated with anything from fertilizer to small rodents.
Pressure Tank Inspection
Every home with a private well should have a pressure tank. This pressure tank acts as a buffer in the water system and keeps the water pressure in the home consistent. The pressure tank should be half-filled with water and the rest should be pressurized air. This air buffer allows the house to maintain a consistent water pressure, increasing the life of the well pump.
After 5+ years, it is possible for the air charge to go away, causing the pressure tank to fill up with water. As a part of our well inspection, we will include a check to ensure your tank has the appropriate air charge. We will also inspect your check valve to ensure it is working properly.
*Rushed samples must be requested before 11:00 am or an additional 18 hours may be added to the turnaround time. 36 hours is only available for the coliform bacteria sample, all other samples will take longer.