How to Prevent Water Well Contamination
new well construction, modification, or abandonment.
5. Do not mix dangerous chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, degreasers, fuels, or other pollutants near the well. If spilled these poisons can obviously get in through the wellhead through run off, and it can also seep down through the earth into the groundwater itself.
6. Get your septic system inspected and pumped as part of its scheduled maintenance. An improperly maintained septic system can release dangerous bacteria into the water supply.
7. Get your well tested and inspected regularly as part of its scheduled maintenance. 3 million plus NC residents get their drinking water from a well yet fewer than 200,000 wells were tested between the years of 2000 and 2010. This is a dangerously low percentage.
8. Never dispose of strong chemicals, solvents, petroleum products, or pesticides in a specific system. These chemicals can find their way into the water supply.
9. Do not dump waste into dry or abandoned wells. Yeah, we have to say it.
10. Do not cut off the well casing below the land surface. This is related to item #1.
11. Do your own inspection of well parts such as the well casing, well cap, and surface seals.
12. Check the condition of any storage tanks that hold diesel, gas, or oil on your property. These could develop leaks.
13. Consult the local environmental agency or local health department to make sure the potentially hazardous activities in your area are a safe distance from your well.
Need Your Well Inspected?
If you live in the greater Raleigh area, consider A&T Well and Pump, a reputable company that specializes in well drilling, maintenance, and repairs. They will test the water, inspect the well, make any necessary repairs, and then disinfect the well before you resume using the water. If you have any of the concerns detailed above, or just want to get some routine testing and maintenance done, contact us today by calling 919-291-4063 or by filling out the appointment request form at the top of the page.
As a public health service we wanted to provide advice on how to best prevent well water contamination.
1. Slope the area around the wellhead away from the wellhead. Often the contamination occurs simply by contaminated run-off going directly into the wellhead. This is an especially an issue if your wellhead is located in a ditch. If this is the case, it is smart to extend the well head higher and fill in the ditch — a procedure that the pros at A&T Well and Pump can do for you.
2. Install and regularly inspect the well cap or seal. Often the cap or seal develops cracks which allow contamination from run-off to enter the well.
3. Keep detailed records of the well maintenance, especially if it was something involving chemicals. They’re good records to pass onto the next owner, sure, but they’re also a good idea to have handy in case an issue not fully addressed, or if a new problem develops.
4. Always hire a certified well professional like A&T Well and Pump to handle any
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