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The most common cause of well water test failures is bacterial problems caused by well deterioration. This publication addresses how to handle contaminated well issues by looking at coliform and nitrate problems.
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Glanville, Thomas D., "Coping With Contaminated Wells" (1993). Agriculture and Environment Extension Publications. 82.