Contaminated well water can pose several risks to your health and the health of others. Keeping your well free from pollution is the key to keeping your water, and those around you, safe. The following are a few ways you can prevent pollution from affecting your water well.
While your water may be tucked away beneath the ground, out of sight out of mind does not apply. In the area surrounding your well, there are a few things you must pay close attention to, including:
- Disposal – Keep all your waste and other disposed items away from the well.
- Runoff – You don’t ever want runoff to seep down into the well, so make sure your drainage system works properly and directs runoff elsewhere.
- Chemicals – Don’t ever use fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals near your well site.
- Septic System – Keep your septic system well maintained so you don’t have any cross-contamination.
Schedule Regular Tests
Your well water should be tested on a regular basis. These tests check for minerals, pollutants, lead, sulfate, and bacteria that shouldn’t be in the water. There could also be some serious problems with your groundwater, and testing will alert you to them. Experts recommend you have a test performed once per year, but if you have individuals in your home with certain health risks, more frequent tests may be advised.
In addition to regular tests, you should contact the professionals to test your well water if there has been a flood, you’ve replaced any component of your well water system, it has malfunctioned, or there is a construction project going on in the neighborhood.