Having a private well provides you with water for your needs and gives you a degree of independence. However, with freedom comes responsibility. You need to maintain, operate, and monitor your well water’s quality. Exterra Drilling Services presents five good practices to help protect your investment and safeguard your water supply.
1. Keep Your Well Accessible
Modern water wells are hugely reliable and problem-free. Still, there may come a time when you need to replace your pump or do some other maintenance. Structures over or around the well won’t help if the contractor needs to drive a pump hoist truck near your well.
2. Let the Proper Organization Test Your Well Water
You are responsible for testing the water from your private well. Have your well tested annually for coliform bacteria, chloride, nitrates, and other suspected contaminants.
3. Regularly Inspect Exposed Parts of Your Well for Problems
You should periodically check your well’s casing, cap, and surface seals. Problems to look for include a missing or broken well cap, damaged or corroded well casing, and cracking of sanitary seals.
4. Control Contamination Sources
Well installation in Kamas must follow Utah’s well construction code. But after your well has been installed, you are the one responsible for protecting your water resources. Avoid storing, mixing or using hazardous pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, fuels, degreasers and cleaners near your well. Also, never dispose of solvents, pesticides, harsh chemicals or petroleum products in a septic system. Make sure to pump and inspect your septic systems regularly.
5. Keep Accurate Records
It is a good practice to keep records relating to your well. Vital records include the well log, water sample results, well maintenance records, billing invoice, and equipment warranties.
Private water production wells offer property owners control and independence. However, if you have your well, you are responsible for your investment and family’s wellbeing. Take an active role in the operation and maintenance of your well to ensure the safety of your private water supply.