Helpful Links & Tips for Future and Current Well Owners
In order to keep your well functioning properly for the greatest length of time possible, proper maintenance is key. Here are some of our key tips for well maintenance:
- Have your well checked annually, and have it tested for bacteria.
- Have your drinking water tested if there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or when the well system is serviced.
- Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides and motor oil, far away from the well.
- Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is secure.
- Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or chemical storage.
- Don’t allow fertilizers or pesticides to flow back into your well. Install hose bibb vacuum breakers or use anti-siphon outdoor faucets. When mixing such chemicals, don’t put the hose inside the container.
- When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least 1 foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for drainage.
- Take care not to damage the well casing. It could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well. Don’t pile snow, leaves or other materials around your well.
- If your well will not be in use for an extended period turn the power off to the well pump and winterize the system to avoid extensive damage from plumbing leaks and freezing.
- Keep the well construction report, annual well system maintenance records and water testing results in a safe place.