Where Does Well Water Come From?

Well water is integral to the way we live. However, not many of us ask a question we should all know the answer to: from where does well water come? Through this article, we aim to familiarize our readers with the answer to this fundamental question.

About 44% of the total U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water needs. It may sound surprising, but the truth is close to 43 million Americans get their drinking water supply from a well. Many people confuse groundwater with surface water, i.e. water available through lakes and rivers. Though rivers and lakes supply water to millions of houses in hundreds of cities, groundwater is different from the water supplied by rivers and lakes. Since rivers and lakes are prone to pollution, surface water isn’t free of contaminants. On the other hand, groundwater comes from aquifers, where it reaches after passing through layers of rocks and sand. Groundwater, therefore, is far cleaner than surface water and preferred by people around the world. It is also tastier. Most importantly, homeowners install wells in their homes to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fresh and healthy groundwater through stretches of harsh and dry weather.

How to Keep Your Well Clean?

You are tired of the lousy quality water you have been receiving for months now. A friend tells you about how he made the best decision of his life by installing a well. You take his advice and installed a well too. You enjoyed the fresh and healthy water the well gave you but forgot all about the maintenance aspect of it all. Now, your well is giving you water that tastes different from the water taste you are used to, and you are worried about what to do. Let us help you out.

While groundwater is way healthier than surface water, it is not entirely free of contaminants. More often than not, fertilizers and pesticides present in soil percolate into aquifers, causing the groundwater to become contaminated. Similarly, it is not uncommon for household chemicals to find their way to groundwater resources. Mulch and other debris also often find their way into wells and thus, groundwater. Unmaintained wells develop bacterial growth over time, which can prove to be harmful to human health. It is, therefore, imperative to regularly clean wells. These days, many service providers offer professional well cleaning services. Look for a service provider you can trust and ask them to come and periodically clean your well. This exercise will not only ensure the health of your well but also that of your family members.

The Final Word

If you are tired of the contaminated, chemical-ridden water, you have been getting each day in your tap, getting a water well is a smart decision. However, know that keeping a well isn’t a maintenance-free job. If you want to keep getting pure and healthy water, make sure you are getting your well cleaned regularly. Write to us if you have any more well-water related questions and we will try to answer them for you in our next blog.

Give Ries Well Drilling Inc a call to answer any questions you may have about installing a water well system in your area.  We can be reached at (586) 784-9516!

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