Groundwater Awareness Week: March 8-14, 2015
“Time to schedule your annual water well checkup!”
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).
Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually?
An annual checkup by a registered private water systems contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water, says the NGWA. The Defiance County General Health District maintains a list of registered private water systems contractors for the State of Ohio. Also, preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related equipment. NGWA further recommends you test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor, or appearance, or when the system is serviced.
Wells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. A check of your well by a registered private water systems contractor may include:
• A flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance (check amp load, grounding, and line voltage), pressure tank and pressure switch contact, and general water quality (odor, cloudiness, etc.);
• A inspection of continuous disinfection, if applicable, to review components, such as, chlorine/ iodine tanks, alum tanks, retention tanks, rapid sand filters, micron filters, and ultraviolet light treatment.
• A well equipment inspection to assure it’s sanitary and meets local code.
In addition to the well checkup, have your water tested for total coliform and nitrates. Other typical additional tests are those for iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides, and other water constituents that cause problems with plumbing, staining, water appearance, and odor. To schedule your water sample today, please contact the Defiance County General Health District at (419) 784-3818.
The Defiance County General Health District also recommends that well owners:
• Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a “clean” zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
• Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, sewage treatment systems, and chemical storage areas.
• Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should keep out insects and rodents.
• Keep your well records in a safe place. These records include the well log, water test results, and service contracts with a private water systems contractor, if applicable.
For more information, call the Defiance County General Health District at (419) 784-3818.