constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance.
steps will help protect your system and investment.
licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is
constructed, a pump is installed or the system is serviced.
An annual well
maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of
drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or
appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from
check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is
in good repair.
maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or
chemical storage facilities. Your professional contractor knows the rules.
back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don't
put the hose inside the tank or container.
landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground.
Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
Take care in
working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the
sanitary protection of your well. Don't pile snow, leaves, or other materials
around your well.
Keep your well
records in a safe place. These include the construction report, as well as
annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.
Be aware of
changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
When your well
has come to the end of its serviceable life (usually more than 20 years), have
your qualified water well contractor properly decommission your well after
constructing your new system.