Own A Private Water Well? Information To Help You Keep The Water Safe

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If you own a private water well for your home, you need to keep it maintained properly. If you do not, it can be unsafe for you and your family, as well as for people around you. Public drinking water systems are monitored continuously to ensure they are safe, but a private water well is not monitored, so it is up to you to make sure the well is safe.  Below are problems you may have with your water well and what you can do to keep it properly maintained and safe.

Stay Aware of Problems

You can keep your private water well safe by being aware of contamination that may be nearby your home. To determine this, you can contact your local environmental program, as well as local health department.

Some sources of contamination in your area include:

  • Manure stacks if you live on a farm
  • Septic tanks and septic leach fields
  • Fertilizer storage
  • Petroleum tanks
  • Livestock silos and yards

Maintain Your Well

The most important thing you should do is to keep your water well maintained on a continuous basis.

There are organizations that help residents that own private wells to keep the well maintained to ensure the well water is safe for you and your family to drink and use. This company cannot only help you keep it maintained, but also educate you and your family about promoting water well use and why wells are so useful. They can also help you assess your needs when it comes to your water well.

You need to keep all records up to date of any repairs and well installations, as well as any water tests that are done and when the well was pumped. These records can be very useful if you do have problems with your water well.

If your water starts tasting different, contact your local expert to check the water and construction of the well.

There are also things you can do to protect the area around the well. For example, do not dispose of any type of chemicals and other household waste in the well. Minimize the amount of pesticides and fertilizers that you use on your property.

If you notice water runs to the well area when it rains, you should hire a landscaper to reduce the erosion and prevent any surface water runoff. They can do this by adding a slope in your yard to divert the water to another area.

Following these tips can help you rest easy knowing the water your family drinks and uses is safe. Visit websites like https://www.watersystemscouncil.org to learn more.


2 February 2017

Getting More Involved

Everyone is different, which is why I didn't care much for politics until a few years ago. However, after I purchased my house, I realized that the property taxes were going to kill me if I didn't work hard to fix things. I started paying more attention to how our local government ran, and I decided that it might be smart to start spending a little more time in the political arena. I ran for city council, and to my surprise, I made it. This blog is all about the importance of getting more involved and what you can do to change your community for the better.