Sediment in well water is a common problem many people face. Sand, silt and other contaminants can occasionally enter your well and be released from the faucet or the bath tub. This issue has several causes and problems associated with it and these are the most common.
Sediment itself consists of various materials but most commonly sand or grit. Sediment can also show up as rust or it can contain other minerals deposited into your aquifer through natural processes. Flooding or ground disturbances can cause sediment to be deposited into your aquifer. Sediment can be an indicator that there may be a problem with your well pump or a filter or filter screen.
There are some health issues associated with sediment in well water, but it really just depends on the composition of the sediment. If your faucet is just expelling sand or fine sand particles it could be more of a nuisance that needs to get taken care of rather than a health issue. However, sediment can also be caused by the natural processes of potential disease-causing organisms like bacteria and viruses. If man-made activities caused the sediment, bacteria can thrive and multiply creating potential health problems.
There are other contaminants that can cause sediment in your well water. Iron bacteria can create a gelatinous film and black specks can be caused by manganese present in the water. Silt can also contain PCB’s, chlorides, sulfates, and dangerous bacteria like E-coli.
Sediment in your well water is not something pleasant you want to deal with. It is overall a nuisance that is unappealing that can cause health problems while potentially harming clothes in the laundry or dishes in the sink. If the sediment is clearly sand there are not many health concerns, however, it is still good to get your water tested, especially if it is causing an unpleasant taste or odor in the water.