Groundwater Awareness Week: March 6-12
“Time to schedule your annual water well checkup!”
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).
Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually?
An annual checkup by a qualified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water. Also, preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related equipment. It is further recommended that you test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor, or appearance, or when the system is serviced.
Schedule your annual water well checkup
Wells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells. A check of your well by a qualified water well contractor includes a thorough examination of the well itself, as well as testing the water for quality.
With well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order.
Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a “clean” zone of at least 100 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, and chemical storage areas.
Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should keep out insects and rodents.
Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.
For additional information, please call the Richland County Health Department at 406-433-2207.