Using well water can bring its own unique maintenance and safety issues, but it is often the only option in many localities. There are several ways you can help maintain the safety of your well water.
Regularly Test Your Water
Develop a testing schedule based on the depth of your well, water source, climate, and environmental impacts. If your water is taken from a shallow source of ground water or an open water source, you will need to test your water more often because the risk is higher for contamination. Climate is also an important factor. If you live in an area that receives more rain, this can contribute to run-off that may impact the quality of your drinking water. Similarly, when frozen precipitation melts, especially in large quantities, it may be time to re-test your water. Some environmental impacts that may affect your water come from living in a farming or agricultural community; animal waste products, fertilizer, and pest control products are all possible contaminates that can be found in water run-off and possibly affect your water.
Moderate Your Outdoor Behaviors
Be cautious about your own behaviors, such as car washing and gardening, to reduce the amount of contaminates that may affect your well water. If you must wash your car at home, try to spot clean major areas of dirt. Large amounts of soap or other cleaning products can affect your ground water. Ideally, you should use a car wash because they are adequately equipped for proper drainage of waste water. If you have a garden, try to keep most plants in pots or garden boxes. Any fertilizer or other treatments for your plants are more likely to remain in its container than turn into run-off that ends up in your ground water.
Combine Point Of Entry And Point Of Use Systems
Since testing your well water can only provide a limited amount of protection, you need solutions to treat your water as it leaves your well. The ideal configuration is to combine point of entry (POE) and point of use (POU) filtration and sanitation methods. Ideally, your POE system should effectively eliminate any large particles that could possibly make it into your home's water. When considering the sanitation of your household water, you should use a chemical sanitation method, such as chlorine, or non-chemical methods like ultraviolet light sanitation.
Using chlorine can be more cumbersome when sanitizing well water. You will have to monitor the amount of chlorine in your water so it remains at safe levels. Although using ultraviolet light is more expensive, the technology requires less day-to-day maintenance. POU systems, such as water filtration devices attached to your facet are an extra layer of protection. Although they do not sanitize the water, it helps to improve the taste and reduce other contaminates that can damage appliances in your home or make your water hard.
Keeping your well water safe for drinking and household use can be a challenge. Using proactive measures to reduce contamination and testing regularly can make you feel confident in the safety of your water. For more information, contact local professionals like T. W. Stanley & Son Well Pump & Plumbing Repair.