Every day the average American uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water, according to USGS. Sampling water sources such as wells helps to ensure quality water to be used in homes and on the fields. There is no better time to test groundwater sources then National Groundwater Awareness Week March 11-17, 2018. It is recommended that private water wells be tested at least once per year, but some sources need to be tested more frequently.
Testing wells are important for private well owners to test annually, but agricultural operations using irrigation water should consider taking samples as well. Measuring the salt and mineral content of irrigation water could prevent problems and can help offer clues on how to fix issues that farmers could face.
“If you have poor water, treating it as you use it, rather than letting salt build up to the point it harms soil and plants, will be a great benefit in the long run,” said Kevin Klink, Senior Manager, Laboratory Operations for AgSource Laboratories.
The quality of irrigation water directly impacts crops by affecting salinity of the soil, soil pH and water infiltration rates.
“It is best to test the salinity of irrigation water right before use and should be done after the water source is used for a few minutes because stagnant water can create different water readings,” said Klink.
If you have questions about groundwater testing for private wells and irrigation visit the AgSource Laboratories website, https://www.agsourcelaboratories.com/.