Living with a Water Well: How to Get the Most Use out of Your New Water Source

11 June 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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A water well on your property gives you a source of fresh water without having to rely on a city water delivery system, but it brings with that water some issues that you should be prepared to address. Everything has a solution, so don't feel like these things are obstacles. However, you can't ignore these because if you do, they can make using the well water more difficult than it has to be. And if you take care of these issues now, you shouldn't have to worry about them again except for periodic maintenance.

1. Hard Water

You're getting your water from an underground source, so that water likely has a lot more in the way of minerals in it than what you might get with city water (which can still have a lot of minerals in it but may come from a different source that isn't as hard as the aquifer you're drawing from). If the water coming up from the well is particularly hard, you'll need to add a water softener system to your home to prevent scale buildup. The scale can clog lines (and the pump) and create a mess, so have the well water tested for hardness and arrange for a softener if necessary.

2. Filter Needs

Much of the aquifer water in the country is drinkable, but it can contain an overabundance of other substances, like iron, that can make the water look and taste off, even if the water is still safe to drink. You may need to install filtration systems even if the water isn't hard and isn't leaving scale. There's no use in having water that's safe to drink if it's so bad-tasting that you don't want to drink it. Sometimes these issues can be taken care of by flavoring the water, so if an off-taste is the only issue, it will be less expensive to buy some low-calorie lemonade mix (or whatever your favorite flavor is).

3. Periodic Testing

No matter the quality of the water now, you should plan to test the water periodically for safety and mineral levels. Not all bad pathogens have a taste, odor, or color, and changes in mineral levels are often so subtle that you don't notice until the scale becomes a problem. If you test it regularly, you can adjust to meet any issues before they become too great to deal with without emergency action. It's better to know about rising magnesium levels and to monitor them rather than suddenly find your pipes clogged with scale. The same goes for pathogens; not all of these have a taste or odor, so testing is the best way to verify the safety of your well water.

Your well should provide you with years of fresh water. To keep that water as usable as possible, you'll want to monitor it and install any filters or other systems to make it as drinkable as possible. The drilling company that will create the well can give you additional pointers to ensure you are doing as much as you can. Learn more about the process by contacting companies like Bohs Well Drilling Inc.