Although a properly constructed private well should require little routine maintenance, regular maintenance is nonetheless important. It is necessary to know and practice the basics of regular well maintenance. This helps in the reduction of risks to your water supply and prevents costly and inconvenient breakdowns. These tips will help protect your well system and keep it in good working order for years to come.
Keep Your Well in Top Condition
- Get an annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test.
- Your well system should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
- Periodically check the well cap and casing to make sure they are in good working order. A damaged casing could cause your water to become contaminated.
- Maintain a clean zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels or livestock operations.
- Do not treat the area around the well with pesticides or fertilizer.
- Keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well to allow proper drainage.
- Don’t pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.
- Always keep your well records in a safe place.