Well water is technically sourced from the same place as spring water, but each method of collection offers homeowners distinct advantages and disadvantages. Well water is pumped from a well drilled into the ground, but spring water is above ground, free-flowing via rocky streams. Homeowners interested in either kind may be able to have it piped into their home or stored in big cisterns underground.
The biggest benefits of both well and spring water include the low cost of the system and free water. However, each option comes with an upfront cost for drilling, piping and cistern installation. But beyond routine maintenance of systems and pipes, that is where the cost ends. Homeowners have no monthly water bill and zero restrictions inflicted by city departments. You can soak your garden or refill your hot tub to your heart’s content (assuming you have enough available).
The worst con is that not all water resources are really limitless. It is possible for either source to dry up, either in the short term or for good. This is why it is critical to have a well professional inspect the property before drilling.
Another arguable disadvantage is that some homeowners say the water can taste and smell of sulfur. However, this is safe and natural. It is an acquired taste, but in the long run, most well owners agree they prefer the taste over city or bottled water.
The biggest risk of all is with a cistern, since it is possible for it to become contaminated. This can happen due to poor installation or maintenance. Since both well and spring water have no sterilizing agents, like chlorine, what comes out of your tap can look safe but be harmful to humans. Deadly bacteria is invisible, but its presence is exceptionally rare in newer wells and ones which are maintained properly. A yearly inspection should include safety testing, but this testing is also something homeowners can do on their own.
Those at the highest risk are farmers, due to the added animal waste that inevitably gets buried. Part of responsible well ownership includes routine testing. It is affordable and can ensure your safety so you can enjoy that free, fresh water with ease. Mike Zimmerman Well Service of West Valley, Utah, provides professional well drilling for water wells, well pumps, well water softening and well rehabilitation. Call them today to find out if you should use well water in your home.