5 Effective Ways to Protect Your Water Well
Yours and your family’s health are two of the most important things in your life. Your health depends heavily on the quality of water that you consume. If you have a water well on your property, it is your responsibility to protect it from contaminants.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways to protect your water well.
1. Remove the Well Pit
There was a time, when well pits used to be the key components for any water well. The primary reason, for having a well pit is to provide a frost-free location for the pressure system. As time when by, it was realized that these pits are a source of contamination. If you have a well pit, get it removed by a water well contractor and install a pitless adaptor instead. A pitless adaptor provides a frost-free connection to the distribution line.
2. Protect Your Well from Chemicals
You might not realize it, but chemicals can seep into your water wells and affect the water quality. The chemicals that enter your water wells are the ones that come from fertilizers and pesticides. Just in case, you have a sandy or gravely soil, chemicals can seep through it and reach your water wells. A well that is shallow, can also attract harmful chemicals. Now that you understand the source of contamination, reduce the usage of fertilizers and pesticides near your well.
3. Get Your Well Tested
In order to protect your well and the water inside it, regular testing is key. To get your well tested, contact a reputable water well contractor. If your water well is less than 50 feet deep, do a Coliform bacteria test twice a year. If you feel a change in the color, odor and taste of your well water, get a water chemistry test conducted by a professional.
4. Do not Over-Pump Your Well
One of the biggest mistakes that you can do with a water well is over pumping it. For new water wells, make sure that it has been tested by a professional water well contractor. Ask your contractor about a sustainable pumping rate that suits your well. On the other hand, a water well that is old requires a current pumping test to find out a safe pumping rate. During peak periods, to avoid extra pressure on the well extra storage is required.
5. Do Not Flush Chemicals
Remember, not to flush chemicals and medicines down the drain or the toilet. A majority of contamination that enters our environment comes from the wastewater of our home. In case you have some unused chemicals, medicines or drugs lying around in your home, make sure to pack them and have them disposed at your local pharmacy or authorized hazardous waste disposal center.
Follow the above-mentioned tips and keep your water well safe and clean. If you have more questions on how to maintain your well water and ensure your water well is safe to use, contact RIES Well Drilling today! We can be reached at (586) 784-9516!
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