Published: Aug 02, 2013 8:07 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL - A Cape Coral family, living in a rented home which uses a well for water, says they had no idea they had to have the system checked regularly. Stephanie Lovell says her 3 month old daughter who suffered a devastating birth defect, was recently allowed to come home only to be infected with salmonella. An infection, Lovell says, came from bacteria in her well water. Lovell says the Florida Department of Health in Lee County tested the water at her home after her daughter was diagnosed and found high levels of bacteria in the water. 

Diane Holm, with the Department of Health in Lee county says all home owners and even renters are responsible for making sure their well water is tested and safe. The DOH-LEE is recommending everyone have their well systems tested for bacteria regularly.