Commercial wells may require much more extensive maintenance than residential wells — and they are likely strictly regulated by local and state laws. If your business, agency or organization has a commercial well on the property, or depends on well water, it’s your responsibility to ensure the water is clean and drinkable. Unlike city water, you have no liability protection. If your commercial wells are not maintained and regularly inspected, or if a problem pops up that impacts your employees or visitors, you’ll likely be fully to blame.
Maintaining a commercial well has some similarities to residential wells, but you want to make sure you have a commercial well expert on retainer, just in case. Commercial wells carry bigger risks, from water softening to ensuring proper depths for a new well drilling project. Water treatments need to be customized for increased consumption, and you must beware of hard water, which can can quickly eat away at your plumbing. Each region has unique challenges, and Utah is no different. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to well management, especially when it comes to commercial wells.
Your To-Do List
Commercial wells should be inspected biannually, preferably in the spring and autumn. However, commercial well water quality testing should take place each month. You can do it yourself with easy-to-use, affordable kits that can be bought over the counter. However, if you get a false positive or an issue slips past that consumer kit, you’ll still be to blame. For your protection, it’s best to hire a commercial well expert to take care of monthly testing.
Commercial wells have higher demands placed on them compared to residential wells. You can’t let wells run dry or ration water usage. Clean water isn’t a privilege for businesses and their customers, it’s a right. If you’re short of water or the quality is subpar, it’s possible that your water needs have outgrown your resources. In that case, well rehab or even a replacement might be in order.
Taking Care of Business
Just like with a residential well expert, your business needs to hire a technician or company that’s licensed, bonded and insured in the state of Utah. A piece of paper might be the only thing that saves your business, should a lawsuit ever be filed. Don’t just ask the well water crew about their paperwork — get copies of it.
In Utah, the Utah Division of Water Rights oversees all commercial well drilling and management requirements. Various licenses — including a well driller’s license, drill rig operator’s registration, pump installer’s license, pump rig operator registration and conditional/restricted licenses — are available and may be required depending on your project. Connect with your local UDWR office to find out which licenses your technician needs. For the best in commercial well maintenance, call Mike Zimmerman Well Services — Utah’s premier commercial well specialist serving the Salt Lake City area.