Well Maintenance

By: Will Wright

September 28, 2016

Here's a great article from our friends at A&L Laboratory in Auburn, ME
 

Well Maintenance

boy in wellFall is the perfect time of the year to prepare your well for the potentially harsh weather, i.e., heavy snowfall, torrential rains, ground freezing & thawing, we usually see in the Northeast.  Having routine annual maintenance checks ensure the proper operation of the well and helps to extend its years of service; you should also monitor the water quality which allows for a continued supply of safe drinking water for you and your family.
 
Important things to do:
  • Inspect the well cap or cover just to make sure it is still firmly attached and in good repair.
  • Make sure hazardous chemicals are stored far from the well.
  • Avoid piling leaves around your well when cleaning up the yard. Otherwise, you risk contamination of the well supply. Organic material provides a food source for bacteria.
  • Remove growth of weeds, grasses, and root systems of any trees or shrubs within 10 feet of the well.
  • Check that livestock are further than 50 feet of your well. Animals are of particular concern because of the possibility of manure contaminating groundwater supplies which can introduce e-coli into your well.
  • Perform a safety check on your water; this includes testing for bacteria (coliform and e-coli), nitrates, nitrites, and pH.  Every 3 to 5 years a more comprehensive water test should be done, this will monitor minerals and heavy metals which can become present when the land shifts underground and opens up new water veins containing these items.
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