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Water Well Problems: How to Handle Power Outages

You can avoid many water well problems with a little forethought and planning – including the potentially serious effects of power outages.Artesian well water

When the utility grid goes down, so will your well pump – and that means your household will be stuck without any water until the electricity comes back on.

Fortunately, as water well problems go, a lack of electricity for the pump is a relatively easy issue to handle. These are some of the most effective ways to make sure your family has water during extended power outages.

Use an Alternate Water Well Power Source

A small portable gas or diesel-powered generator can keep your pump working in the event of a power outage. However, be sure to choose one that’s rated to provide the electricity your pump needs – otherwise, you could end up with damage to your well system equipment.

Solar panels or a wind turbine can also work as an alternate power source for your well pump. Going off the grid is a must, though. For safety reasons, renewable energy sources connected to the utility grid don’t produce electricity during power outages.

Bring Up Well Water Manually

An old-fashioned hand pump can supply your household with water when the electricity goes out. Some models are only effective for shallow well systems, but other manual pumps can work with deeper wells.

You could also use a sleeve bucket. These slim plastic or metal buckets feature a special valve for automatic filling, and the cording can be attached to a tripod, pulley or hoist to easily bring up the well water.

Install a Water Well Retention Tank

Another option is to add a bulk storage or retention tank to your well system. This type of tank operates through the use of gravity – not electricity – so it won’t be affected if the utility grid goes down.

However, the size of the retention tank will dictate how long the supply will last. A local well services contractor can help you choose a bulk storage tank that meets your household needs.

Keeping Your Water Supply Safe

Extended power outages can strike at any time, and preparation is key to ensure your family has the water they need. Until you have an alternate method of accessing your well water in place, plan on storing enough to last three days or more — at least three gallons for each household member.

When the electricity comes back on, you’ll need to leave the taps running for a few minutes to ensure the water is safe to use. Flood-related power outages can create contamination problems, and any discoloration or odor indicates the need for professional testing and treatment.

Is your water well system ready handle power outages? Planning ahead is easy with the Z-Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC. We can offer expert advice on how to make sure your household always has a safe supply of water.

As leading water well service contractors in the Intermountain West region for over 30 years, the Z-Team has the expertise to provide effective solutions for power outages. If you live in Utah or Wyoming and want to avoid having water well problems when the utility grid goes down, contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule a consultation today.

Could Your Water Well Contain Dangerous Levels of Arsenic?

Approximately 2.1 million private water well owners throughout the United States could be in danger of harmful arsenic exposure, according to research from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

Could Your Water Well Contain Dangerous Levels of Arsenic?

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element, found in rocks, soil and groundwater. However, when the level of arsenic is too high – greater than 10 parts per billion – drinking the water can pose serious health risks. This element is known to cause cancer, and long-term exposure has been linked to circulatory issues, diabetes, nervous system problems, heart disease, developmental defects, and several other health conditions.

Arsenic Contamination in Utah & Wyoming Private Well Systems

Fortunately, Utah and Wyoming are not among the top states at risk for arsenic contamination. The NGWA study determined that harmful exposure is most likely in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, California, Maine, Texas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

That said, private wells throughout the Intermountain West may also be contaminated. According to a recent report from Environmental Science & Technology, about 4.2 percent of the water wells in Utah contain high levels of arsenic. In Wyoming, dangerous contamination affects 5.4 percent off the private well systems.

How to Know if Your Water Well Has Arsenic Contamination

Arsenic has no taste or odor, so water testing is a necessary to detect this element. DIY kits can detect contamination, but many well owners prefer to let a qualified professional handle this critical task.

Water safety and quality testing requires you to find a licensed, state-certified environmental laboratory – and not all labs are qualified to test for arsenic. In addition, for accurate results, samples must be precisely collected as instructed by the testing lab.

To avoid the hassles and potential mistakes, industry experts recommend professional testing by an experienced well services contractor.

Treating a Water Well with Arsenic Contamination

So, what if your water does have a dangerous level of arsenic? Professional well services contractors offer a number of treatment solutions.

Reverse osmosis, ion exchange, ultra-filtration and distillation devices can reduce the amount of arsenic in your household water supply. Pretreatments, including oxidation and chlorination, are often used to make these devices more effective.

Point-of-use treatments, installed at the faucets, can also effectively remove arsenic from your drinking water. For some private well owners, treating the water at the tap is the best solution.

Whether you’re worried about the level of arsenic in your private well, or if you simply want to have peace of mind and protect your family’s health, schedule a consultation with Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

With more than 30 years of experience maintaining groundwater wells throughout Utah and Wyoming, our expert team can test your private well for a full range of pollutants, including arsenic. If we do identify dangerous levels of any contaminants, we can recommend an effective treatment to restore the safety and quality of your household water supply.

For more information on arsenic contamination, or to schedule water well testing, contact Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.