NEWSplash!: Private Well Maintenance


Private Well Maintenance

If you are one of the 42 million people in the US whose drinking water is obtained from a private well, this spring is a good time to do some well maintenance. Here are 10 tips for the maintenance of private wells:

  • Do not store or use chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, degreasers, fuels, or other pollutants near the well.
  • Be careful when mowing not to damage the well cap or casing; don’t pile leaves or mulch around the well.
  • Slope the land around the well to allow surface water to drain away from the well.
  • Well casing should extend 1′ above ground – do not cut off.
  • Periodically check for damaged well casing; broken or missing well cap; damaged surface seals. Look for insect or rodent nesting in the well.
  • Have the well tested annually for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants of concern. In addition, anytime the well is serviced, a water test is recommended.
  • Be aware of changes around the well, or in the quality of the water. If you notice a change in the appearance, taste, or odor of your drinking water, it should be tested.
  • For well service, construction, or modification hire a licensed or certified well driller.
  • If there is a septic system, inspect and pump as often as recommended by local health department. Do not dispose of fuels, paint thinner, antifreeze or other hazardous chemicals in the septic system.
  • Keep accurate records of well construction, maintenance, and water testing results.
  • This spring, follow these 10 steps to help protect your well and your health.

— Founded in 1963, Suburban Water Testing Labs is a nationally recognized, family owned and operated, independent laboratory specializing in the analysis of home drinking water. For more information on Suburban Water Testing Labs: http://h2otest.com

For more information on private wells:

DEP Recommends Private Well Maintenance This Spring

EPA How can I protect my private water supply?

Prevention Tip #23:
Recycle used oil – A single quart of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of drinking water. Take used oil or antifreeze to a service station or recycling center.