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2 Must-Haves For Taking Care Of Your Water Well

by Chris Bowman

When you turn on your faucet, you don't want to have to think twice about whether or not your water is clean and nontoxic. If you get your water from the municipal public source, chances are it is "treated" with chemicals and disinfectants, and subsidized with controversial substances like fluoride. But when you have well water, maintaining a private well and the quality of water it gives is your responsibility. If water wells are built correctly and placed wisely, they can be a safe and reliable water resource, but the water quality must still be closely monitored. Here are two important steps homeowners with wells need to take.

Test Your Water Regularly

Well water contaminants won't always make your water taste, smell, or look funny. It's entirely possible for your well water to be fine one moment but then suddenly become contaminated, like after a flood, for example. Bacteria, debris, nitrates and nitrites from runoff, and radon and arsenic are just a few of the potential contaminates that could be affecting your water supply. The federal government doesn't require mandatory testing of private wells, so that means it's on you to repeatedly check that it is safe. Check with your local health department to get the recommended testing guidelines for your location, or visit the National Ground Water Association for more information. 

Install A Water Treatment System

Even when testing your water regularly gives you a clean bill of health, there can be other components in well water that, while technically safe, don't leave you with as pure a drinking water as you'd like. Water isn't naturally crystal clear. Well water is frequently "hard." This means that the water has dissolved ground minerals, typically calcium and magnesium. While this isn't harmful, the minerals cause "scaling," a residue that is left behind on cookware, bathtubs and sinks, and any vessel that holds water. Additionally, over time, mineral build-up in your pipes will cause reduced water pressure. Installing a water softening system can fix this.  If you live in an older home, you likely have old iron pipes as well. This can cause water discoloration, which can wreak havoc on your laundry, making your whites dingy or stained. Iron can also give a distinct unpleasant metallic taste to your drinking water and coffee. A water purification service like Water-Pro can assess your well water and decide what kind of water purification system is best for your needs. They may also be able to service your well and well pump should anything go wrong with it.