Homeowners install wells near their property for a variety of reasons. Some use it as their main source of water, while others use it as a supplementary source to reduce their water bills. Regardless of what your well’s function is for your family, Exterra Drilling Service says that keeping it well maintained should be a priority.
Well drilling is not uncommon in Heber and in other states. The state of Utah and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has laid down some guidelines to help homeowners ensure the quality of the well water they consume.
Maintaining your private well
- Surface and well protection
The state of Utah laid down technical guidelines that homeowners should follow in constructing their wells. This includes the size and the material used in construction. A minimum surface protection requirement, which is included in the installation of case and caps, should be met. Protection of the well’s surface is the first defense in keeping the water clean and safe.
- Annual testing
Certain contaminants such as coliform bacteria, E.coli, nitrates/nitrites, arsenic, and radon are harmful. Therefore, an annual testing by a state accredited testing laboratory is required. If members of your family suffer from gastrointestinal illness regularly, then additional tests are conducted more frequently.
- Additional and personal testing
No one knows the quality of your well water better than you do. So, if you observe any abnormalities when it comes to taste, color and consistency, stop your consumption and immediately inform the concerned bodies. Additional testing for pH levels and total dissolved solids among others should be done every three years.
Ideally, a well should be able to serve you for a span of 20 years. After that period, it is recommended to have a licensed water driller and pump installer decommission the existing well and construct a new one.
Running and owning a well is not hard as long as you follow the guidelines. This would make sure that you and your family’s safety is not compromised.