Myths About Well Water You Should Not Believe

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Having a private water well can be a source of freedom, especially if you live in a rural area. You don't have to depend on city water supplies, and you don't have to pay to have water delivered. You also don't have to pay a monthly water bill, which turns into a lifetime of savings. However, some people avoid drilling a well because of mistaken beliefs or myths about wells and well water. Here are a few myths about well water that you should not buy into. 

1. Wells dry up, so they aren't worth the expense of drilling. 

In centuries past, wells would go dry during droughts or after they had been in use for a several years. However, very few modern wells actually run dry. The well is drilled with heavy machinery, not dug out by hand, which allows for deeper access to groundwater sources or aquifers. Before drilling, the company installing your well will do some tests to make sure the water table can support a well. If there are a lot of wells in your area, you might not be able to drill another. Sometimes drilling is more costly because the water is harder to access. But if the water is there, then you can confidently drill a well because your small household use will not dry up an entire groundwater source. 

2. Well water is not as safe to drink as city water supplies. 

Well water can be perfectly safe to drink, and in some cases it can be purer and better tasting than treated municipal water. Your water will have flavor from the minerals in the ground, and your water can actually be a great source of micronutrients that are often filtered out of city water sources. However, since well water is not filtered and treated, you do need to have it tested every so often for contamination. Ground water can have heavy metals or chemical pollution from run-off. If you do have these problems, you can install your own filtration system so you know exactly what's in your water. With your own filtration system, your water can be purer and taste fresher than municipal sources that often taste like chemical treatments, particularly chlorine, because everything undesirable can be removed with household water filter systems designed to treat well water. leaving pure water behind. 

3. Wells need expensive maintenance. 

Wells can almost take care of themselves, and people can make the mistake of "over maintaining" their wells. One of the problems people can experience with a well is the introduction of iron bacteria to the well system. Once the well is contaminated, it's hard to get your water tasting normal again—the bacteria are tenacious. The best way to prevent contamination is to leave your well components where they are unless it's necessary to repair or replace them. Your well pump, for example, does not need to be taken out and cleaned. When you take it out for cleaning, you actually expose it to new bacteria that you then introduce to the well when you place the pump back. 

You won't face expensive well treatments and repairs if you stay on top of basic maintenance. You can avoid bacterial breakdown in your well by providing occasional chlorine shocks to the well. You can avoid pump breakdowns by replacing debris screens before they break down. Another way to avoid most expensive well problems is to choose proper installation and high-quality materials. For example, if you use a carbon steel screen in your well instead of a stainless steel screen, you reduce the risk of metal fatigue and breakdown, which then reduces the chance of clogs or damage to the well pump. 

For more information, contact a company like MacKay Bruce Pump & Well Drilling Service Inc.

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