Having well water means that the water you are using to drink, cook with, and clean with is from a private property source rather than the municipal supply. Wells are built by drilling deep into the ground to find a source of water. The depth and location of the well easily affects the water’s taste and quality, and it varies between each source. Here are a few important things to remember!
You are responsible for your water quality.
Since wells are a privately owned source, you are responsible for the quality and quantity of your water. If the well runs dry or needs repairs, the homeowner is responsible for the costs of fixing it. City water is treated in a facility to remove bacteria and other contaminants by treating the supply with chemicals. Wells, however, are not treated by the city, since it is on private property. In some ways, this is good! You don’t have to worry about removing excess chlorines or chloramines. You will, however, have to regularly test your own drinking supply to make sure it’s still safe to use and to make sure that the potentially harmful bacteria is not present.
Well water is easily contaminated.
Chemicals, sewage, dead animals, and decomposing leaves are just some of the possible contaminants that can be floating around in your well. Run-off from septic systems, farms or nuclear power plants have the potential to seep into the groundwater, and then into your well. Test it regularly to ensure it is continually safe to drink and use!
Having your water tested regularly is essential when owning a well. Many well owners choose to have filters or treatment systems installed, like this one from Puronics! Orbit’s Specialists can test your home’s water at no cost to you. We can also recommend the best treatment system for you and your family! Call today to schedule your free test!