Your well drilling project is over, and now you have a free source of water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Maintain your new water well with tips designed to avoid a variety of issues such as bacterial and chemical contamination. Enjoy clean, fresh water with these key tips.
5 Tips for Maintaining Your Water Source After Well Drilling
1. Keep All Contaminants Away From the Well
Grade the soil around your well, so it slopes downward. This helps prevent contamination from insecticides, pesticides, soil, and polluted water. Sloping the area around your well also avoids contamination from livestock waste. You should also refrain from piling leaves or snow around the area to keep the water clear.
2. Get the Water Tested Regularly
Schedule annual water testing to check for bacteria, minerals, and chemicals including sulfates, nitrites, and nitrates. You should never ignore odorous or dirty water, foul taste, water pipe scale buildup, and fixture discoloration because they all could indicate contamination. If you suspect an issue, schedule water testing as soon as possible to keep your family and animals healthy.
3. Chlorinate Once a Year
Shock the water once every year to kill both sulfate-reducing and iron bacteria. These bacteria strains do not cause health problems; however, they interfere with water well efficiency by causing pipe restrictions and blockages. Additionally, sulfate-reducing bacteria features a rotten egg odor while iron bacteria leaves residue inside of your toilet tank.
4. Measure the Water Level
Measure the water level every month and keep a record for reference in case of contamination or a pipe restriction issue. Record the levels of when the well is full and when the well pump is operating to ensure there are no issues in either state. If the water level is abnormally high or low in either state, these measurements will help the professionals diagnose the issue.
5. Be Aware of Any Changes
Make notes of any changes to your water after well drilling, such as strong odors, dirty water, cracked liners, or signs of illness among family members and livestock. Keep a record of water output as well, including any seasonal changes.
Maintain this important investment with professional assistance from Hewitt-Messenger Well Drilling & Pump Service, a residential water treatment and geothermal drilling company proudly serving Branson, Springfield, Republic, Ozark, and Rogersville, MO, for nearly 40 years. The company is fully licensed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and is a member of both the Home Builders Association and National Ground Water Association. Call (417) 725-8816 today to schedule service, and learn more about well drilling and related services online.