Protecting your well water

If you’re a home owner that has a well, it’s important to take certain precautions to protect your drinking water.  Some of the actions you can take include:

  • Slope the area around the well so any run offs flow away.
  • Keep records of all repairs and/or treatment.
  • Don’t use pesticides, fertilizers, degreasers, fuels, and other pollutants near the well.
  • Make sure your well cap is above ground.  It should be a minimum of 12” off concrete floor or 18” off natural ground.
  • Ensure your septic system is pumped and inspected as often as recommended.
  • Don’t put harsh cleaning agents or other hazardous chemicals down your drain.
  • Inspect the well cap, casing and seals for cracking, corrosion or damage.
  • If there are any tanks that hold oil, diesel or gasoline on your property, periodically check them for integrity.

Following any natural disaster or emergency, such as flooding or earth quake, it’s important to have your well inspected by an experienced contractor.  Other steps you can take include:

  • Stay away from the well to avoid electric shock.
  • Don’t use water from a flooded well to drink, cook or wash.
  • Once your pump is usable again, be sure to run it until the water runs clear.
  • Flooding is a common cause of contamination in private wells.  If you suspect your well has been contaminated, be sure to get a qualified contractor to treat and test it for you.
  • Taking these steps can help to maintain good water quality and safe drinking water for you and your family.