private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These
simple steps will help protect your system and investment.
Always use 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 your well.
Periodically check the
well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is
in good repair.
Always maintain proper
separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or
chemical storage facilities. Your professional contractor knows
Don't allow back-siphonage.
When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don't put
the hose inside the tank or container.
When 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.