Although a properly constructed private well should require little routine maintenance, these tips will help protect your well system and keep it in good working order for years to come:
- Get an annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test.
- Your well should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
- Periodically check the well cap and casing to make sure they are in good working order. A damaged casing could cause your water to become contaminated.
- Maintain a clean zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels or livestock operations.
- Do not treat the area around the well with pesticides or fertilizer.
- Keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well to allow proper drainage.
- Don’t pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.
- Always keep your well records in a safe place.