Published: April 25, 2016

    Why You Should Always Maintain Well Water

    A poorly maintained private water well leaves you vulnerable to more than just poor water quality. Without regular oversight, well water can be contaminated with a wide range of substances, including heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides, and animal waste.

    Private wells are not subject to EPA regulations that protect—or attempt to protect—public water systems. Your well, and the quality of your water, is entirely your responsibility.

    Common Well Water Contaminants

    Well water contamination means one of two things. Either the groundwater itself is contaminated, or the well’s walls or sanitary seals have deteriorated, come loose, or been damaged in some way. Possible contaminants include:

    • Animal waste
    • Heavy metals (arsenic, lead, chromium, cadmium, and selenium)
    • Industrial chemicals or waste
    • Microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites)
    • Naturally-occurring Fluoride
    • Naturally-occurring Radionuclides (uranium, radium, and radon)
    • Nitrates and Nitrites from fertilizers
    • Pesticides

    Signs of a Poorly Maintained Well

    Cloudy, discolored water indicates a potential well problem, as does water that tastes or smells bad. In many cases, however, the contaminant can go unnoticed. The presence of bacteria, for instance, is unlikely to be detected unless the well is tested regularly for microorganisms.

    Regular Inspections Reduce Risk

    The National Ground Water Association recommends regularly scheduled water well inspections by a licensed well water professional. Between such inspections, it’s important to periodically check the well cap and other sanitary seals, especially if the forecast calls for heavy rain or possible flooding.

    Water Filtration Systems: Added Protection

    Many well owners use water filtration systems as an added protection against well water contamination. Pelican Water offers a complete line of specialized well water filtration systems to remove tannin, sulfur and sulfates, reduce nitrates to levels as low as 25 parts per million, and control microorganisms. Contact one of our experienced water specialists today at 877-842-1635 to discuss how we can help you test your well for contaminants and keep your well water safer, cleaner, and tastier.