Usually, nothing in life is free. But for a limited time, homeowners with wells can have their water tested free of charge.
"The whole thing is, most people don't know if the wells they are drinking from are good or bad, because they don't get it tested" said Kris Kraft, the owner of Reliant Environmental Services.
Although he's been in business since 2006, Mr. Kraft recently built a new laboratory and is looking to expand his business. He is offering free testing on well water in hopes that people will remember his name.
"I'm not selling the service right now," he said. "And what better way to help people and to get the word out about my business at the same time, than to just put into people's hands quality information about their wells?"
Those who wish to have their well water tested may go to RES's website or call the phone number and schedule a time for Mr. Kraft to come pick up a water sample. Mr. Kraft said he provides the sterilized bottle and will retrieve the water from an outside spigot. The test for bacteria in the water takes approximately 24 hours to run, and Mr. Kraft said the homeowner would receive the results in 48-72 hours.
"I'm finding that one out of every five wells that I test is positive for bacteria," Mr. Kraft said. "And what we do is we go in there and we show the customer how to decontaminate their own well through the use of Clorox and flushing the lines and things like that."
Wells become contaminated with bacteria through different avenues, according to Mr. Kraft, including improperly sealed wellheads or introduction through the ground water.
"And the only way to find out is to get it tested," he said. "Like I said, one out of every five is positive, and probably half of those are people that have immune compromised systems and shouldn't be drinking that water without it being decontaminated."
Other tests for well water include checking for the presence of iron, minerals or nitrates, but Mr. Kraft said those things are uncontrollable.
"But the most significant is bacteria," he said. "It's the one thing that you really can do something about."
The RES lab is located in Appling, and Mr. Kraft said it is a certified lab through the state of Georgia and the Environmental Protection Agency.
"This is for the love of the Lord and good will in the community," Mr. Kraft said. "I'm not a fly-by-night business, or trying to scam people. This is a passion I have and a great love to help people."
Persons interested in a free well-water test may visit www.reliantenvironmental.com or call 706-825-8086 if no internet is available.