One of the best parts of having well water is how clean and crisp the water tastes. It also gives you, the homeowner, more control so you know that your water is safe. Of course, this is if you do all of your due diligence as a homeowner and maintain your well, pump equipment, and property successfully. If you believe you’re at greater risk for contamination, we can help you prevent well contamination. In order to do so, this week, we present some common-sense tips for how you can prevent well contamination. How do you keep your well water clean? Keep reading, for starters!
Manage the Terrain
It would be best if you build your well at least a hundred feet away from any septic systems, including tanks, pipes, or leaching drains. This goes for your neighbors’ as well! Harmful bacteria don’t observe property lines the way you do. If your well is too close to a septic system, there is a high risk of contamination. You should also keep chemicals away from your well. Substances such as pesticides, degreasers, cleaners, or herbicides often filter down through the soil after they’ve done their job.
Your well’s casing should extend at least 18″ above grade – that’s above your ground floor. Ensure that it isn’t in a flood zone. In general, you should have a well built at a higher elevation than the surrounding land. Slope as much terrain away from the well to guide runoff away from your water supply. If there are any dry or abandoned wells near you, don’t throw anything in them. Throwing trash into abandoned wells could introduce contaminants into the water table. Harsh chemicals should also never be introduced into septic systems, as these can break down internal seals and potentially create a leak into the groundwater.
Instead of dumping your chemicals, many communities offer collection sites for common, hazardous household chemicals.
Perform Regular Inspections
Aside from annual testing, you should always make sure that your well cap is fixed securely in place. Inspect the seal regularly, as beyond bacteria, numerous insects, rodents, and reptiles could find your well an enticing place to breed or – more likely – perish and decay. A broken seal can also introduce airborne dust and sediment, which will damage your pump over time.
You should regularly pump and inspect your septic system, as any leaks in the septic line will rapidly contaminate local groundwater. Similarly, the casing of the well can erode or crack, seals can settle and warp under the extreme Florida sunshine, and this goes for more than just your well and septic systems. You should regularly inspect fuel tanks, propane canisters, heating oil, agricultural chemicals, and just about any other container of potentially hazardous material. This regular inspection helps to prevent their contents from entering the environment and your water supply.
You’ll also want to keep a detailed log so that you can catch any harmful patterns as they’re forming and make protecting your water supply a simple routine.
Get the Right Help
Inspecting and protecting your well is a task where it pays to have professional help. It is essential to stay vigilant regarding the things you can manage as a homeowner. Still, when it comes to drilling new wells, destroying an old well, or helping prevent well contamination, it helps to have professional help. At American Pump Services, we offer various solutions for safe and effective well management and deployment. By working with trustworthy professionals, you know that your well has the best protection it possibly can have – but keeping a detailed logbook never hurt