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How Your Septic System Impacts Water Wells August 1, 2020

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How Your Septic System Impacts Water Wells, Bellwood-Coffee Springs, Alabama

Millions of Americans rely on wells for their primary source of drinking water. While water wells are beneficial, especially for those living in rural communities, a septic system can leave them vulnerable to contamination. Routine well inspections provide insight into water quality, but understanding how contamination occurs is essential for ensuring the safety of your drinking water. The following guide details the effects a septic system can have on a water well and how contamination can be prevented. 

How Does Contamination Occur?

well inspectionsProximity issues are responsible for many cases of well water contamination. If your well is too close to your septic system, or neighboring septic systems, groundwater may flow from the septic drain field, infiltrating and contaminating your well water.  

Impermeable soil and septic system failures are also responsible for groundwater contamination. If your septic system becomes clogged or backs up due to improper use or lack of maintenance, and the soil on your property is not suitable for absorbing the water released into the drain field of your septic system, the surface water and groundwater can become contaminated and seep into your water supply.

How to Prevent Contamination

The placement of your well is critical to its overall safety. The CDC recommends placing your well no closer than 50-feet from your septic tank and leach fields to prevent contamination. If moving your well is not an option, consider taking proactive measures to reduce septic tank failures, such as having your tank pumped every three to five years.

Reduce septic tank backups by keeping items that are not septic-safe, such as hygiene products, fats, oils, and grease, from running down your drain. Perform an annual well inspection and have your water tested for contaminants at least once per year. For shallow wells that are prone to surface water accumulation, consider more frequent testing.


Avoid well water contamination by contacting the professionals at Edgar & Jerry Hughes Well Drilling Enterprise in Bellwood, AL. For over 40 years, this local water drilling contractor has provided a variety of high-quality services, including well inspections, routine maintenance, in-depth water testing, and pump repairs. Contact them today at (334) 347-1147 to schedule an appointment, or visit them online to learn more about their services.

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