In Florida, we are lucky enough to be able to rely on well water because of our natural aquifers. Yet there are ongoing debates about how much a private well may benefit someone.  This week, we are exploring the advantages and disadvantages of private wells.

Well Water Vs. Public Water

People have to pay for water usage, whether that water comes from a well or is a public utility. The costs simply arrive in different ways. For a private well, you pay directly for well water maintenance and testing. On the other hand, you do not pay for your utility usage. With public resources, however, you are charged for the amount you use and may get a small fee for maintenance costs.

Another advantage of a private well is that the use of the water is not controlled. The city or local government often limits how much people are allowed to use during a drought. A public well, meanwhile, is under individual control.

Well Water Benefits

Well owners are more knowledgeable about what goes into their water than those who do not have private wells. Through testing it is easy to discover which minerals and nutrients occur naturally in the local aquifer.

Wells filter water, instead of adding chemicals to clean it. Municipal sources use chemicals to neutralize the contaminants, and consumers don’t always know what those chemicals are.

Well Water Is Healthy

The chemicals that public facilities use to remove contaminates are never in unhealthy doses. The concern is that those chemicals can remove the good with the bad. There are naturally occurring minerals and nutrients that are good for you.

Well water is also softer than the average public utilities for households. This means that showers and baths are more enjoyable because the water is gentler. This is especially good for pets and children, who usually have more sensitive skin.

Well owners can guarantee that their plumbing is not doing more harm than good. The problems in Flint, Michigan have shown just how little people may know about the public pipes and utilities in their own region.

Possible Drawbacks

There are two main issues with wells: running into a drought, and contamination or other problems that interrupt function. While these are concerning issues, it is important to note that they often arise because well owners do not do their due diligence.

If a proper inspection is done before digging a well, there should not be issues with it running dry unless there is a severe drought. This issue is particularly rare in Florida.

Contamination and any mechanical issues are the result of inadequate testing or maintenance. Wells should be tested every three months, and well maintenance should be scheduled annually.