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Protection Tactics for Private Water Wells, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary approaches to take when it comes to ensuring your private water well is protected. Private water wells, or those that only supply a single household and are privately-owned, require significant care just like other water well formats.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to offer a wide range of services to keep your water well protected, including a wide range of water well repair, rehabilitation and treatment areas depending on your needs. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other top suggestions we can offer on how to protect your private well year-round and ensure it achieves maximum lifespan.

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Filtration System

We mentioned water testing in part one of our series, and another reason it’s so vital is the way it allows you to identify which contaminants might be posing a regular issue. If you notice a high level of nitrates in your water on consecutive tests, for instance, this is a strong sign that nitrates will be a consistent issue in your area – and you should consider installing a solid black carbon filtration system that will remove nitrates and other contaminants. These systems correspond directly with water well tests, which should be used not only in a short-term way, but also long-term.

Proper Disposal

Another important area to keep in mind as a private well owner is how you dispose of various medicines, chemicals or other potential water contaminants. Specifically, these should never be flushed or washed down any drain in the home – not only might they risk clogging your drains, they can also contaminate your well water and the surrounding environment, creating a significant contamination issue that might be costly to remedy.

Product Choices

Down similar lines, choose products with less harmful ingredients – especially when these products will be mixing into your drains and maybe even your water supply. Even areas like shampoo, soap, pest control products or other household products can be purchased in environmentally-friendly ways that do not threaten the nearby land.

Identifying Contaminant Sources

Finally, in cases where you are dealing with contamination in your water well supply, one of the chief areas we’ll assist you with is identifying the source of such contamination. These might be nearby local facilities like septic systems in some cases, or perhaps you live in relative proximity to a farm that’s impacting your water supply or quantity in some way. Identifying them allows us to take the proper steps in blocking any such contamination and ensuring your well has the proper capacity.

For more on protecting your private water well, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Protection Tactics for Private Water Wells, Part 1

In many water well situations, the well in question is what’s considered a private well. This means it is privately-owned, for one, and also supplies water to a single private property rather than any public or commercial area – and is not regulated by the authorities for such purposes.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer numerous private water well services for a wide range of clients, from water well drilling and installation to well repair and rehabilitation that will keep your system providing clean, healthy water in robust quantities for many years. In addition to our services, which also include testing and helping you avoid contamination, what are some of the approaches private water well owners can take to protect their wells and water sources? This two-part blog will dig into several such areas.

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Well Construction Areas

First and foremost, protection of your water well can trace back in several areas to the quality of the digging, construction and installation of the well itself. The well needs to be drilled to a deep enough depth, for one, and needs to be lined and grouted properly to ensure chemicals cannot penetrate the area.

In addition, the area around the well needs to be sloped properly to allow surface runoff to drain away from the well, avoiding any contaminant risk. A well cap or sanitary seal should also be installed to prevent any unauthorized access into the well.

Importance of Testing

Once a water well is present on your property, it’s vital to ensure it’s tested at least once per year, per EPA recommendations. This test should be for nitrates and bacteria, plus other contaminants like chemicals, pesticides, arsenic and others. Our team will happily perform several testing formats to help you understand if any contaminants are present in high enough amounts to concern you.

Maintenance and Records

Over the period of ownership of a private water well, maintenance should be regularly performed. Areas like disinfection and sediment removal should be carried out properly and using the right chemicals (separate from the drinking source, of course), and inspections of areas like exposed parts and storage tanks should be done regularly.

Land Maintenance

One other vital area of maintenance to keep in mind is the land surrounding the well. For instance, chemicals like fertilizers, fuel, pesticides and oil should not be mixed or dumped in the areas near the well, as they may seep into the ground and contaminate the water supply that’s filling your needs.

For more on how to protect a private water well on your property, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.