• General FAQ's

    • Will Maine pay for testing my well water?

      Unfortunately, no. More than half of Maine homes get their drinking water from private wells, but homeowners bear the responsibility for testing its safety and treating any hazards present.

    • Do you test public water?

      While all public water is tested by municipalities, many people feel more secure having the water at their home and office tested privately. If you’ve noticed a new odor or taste to your water or you have an older home and want to make sure the pipes aren’t leaching lead, a water test can tell you what’s going on.

    • What is the range for a hard water test?

      Hardness Range (mg/L as CaCO3)

      75-150Moderately Hard
      300+Very Hard
    • How do I know if I have hard water?

      Wondering if you have hard water at your home? Signs that you might include:

      • White build-up on fixtures
      • Spots on glasses
      • Soap and shampoo that don't lather well
      • Dry skin and hair
      • Clothes that don’t seem clean after washing.
    • How much radon is safe in drinking water?

      The Maine Bureau of Health recommends that radon in drinking water be no more than 20,000 pCi/L. Studies have shown that nearly one in five Maine wells have radon concentrations this high or higher.

    • What are PFAS?

      Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals found in more than 5,000 products—things like nonstick pans, carpets, waterproof clothing, makeup, sunscreen, shampoo, and shaving cream. They’re also used in firefighting foam.

      Studies have linked PFAS to certain cancers and endocrine disruption in humans.

    • I just tested my water for arsenic and didn't find any present. Do I ever need to test again?

      Unfortunately, you do. Well water chemistry is always changing so arsenic can leach into the water supply at any time. The Maine Center for Disease Control recommends testing every 3-5 years.

    • How much arsenic is too much?

      Your water has too much arsenic in it, if your test result is above 10 ug/L or 0.01 mg/L.

    • Why did you name the company Fontus?

      Our company takes its name from Fontus, the Roman god of wells and springs.