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Proper Well Care

At ED Pumps & Water Treatment Ltd., we understand how important proper well care is for ensuring the health of you and your family. That is why we offer a wide range of water services for wells, including well cleaning, well disinfection, well closure, and well chemicals.

Protecting the Well Head & Well Caps

Knowing the type of well that you have (drilled, driven, or dug) can help you understand its potential risk for exposure to contaminants. Location is important and is dictated by local regulations. A key factor in determining the wells location is proximity to any potential source of contamination. As a homeowner, you can help protect your drinking water by reducing exposure to harmful practices near your well.

Divert water away from the well to prevent pooling around the wellhead. Surface waters have the potential for harbouring contaminants which could enter your well if the well casing is cracked or compromised, or if the well cap is not properly sealed. Water pooling around the wellhead can also lead to flooding of the well, which can cause problems with bacterial contamination and turbidity.

Common Well Contaminants

Many substances that can be found in well water and that can affect drinking water quality have no taste, colour, or smell. The only way to know if they are present is to have the water tested each year.

Debris and brush around the wellhead can attract rodents or other animals. These animals may burrow in or around the well and cause problems with contamination. You need to keep the area around your wellhead free from debris, brush, or any structures that may attract animals.

Keep the well in good repair. A faulty well can allow surface water to reach groundwater without filtering through the soil. Well casings or well caps can be damaged by contact from machinery, like lawn mowers and other tools, or through acts of nature, such as tree branches hitting well caps, frost heaves, and other similar issues. Periodically check the condition of the well cap and well casing to protect the quality of your well water.

A faulty or failing septic system can result in the introduction of pathogens (disease-causing organisms) and nutrients into groundwater. This groundwater may be the water that provides you and your neighbours with your drinking water; therefore, a well-maintained septic system can protect the water that you drink. The septic tank should be inspected every year or two and pumped as necessary.

Pet waste can introduce pathogens (disease-causing organisms) and nutrients to surface water (entering a compromised well from the well cap or well casing) and groundwater. Regularly pick up and dispose of pet waste and do not kennel a dog or any other pet over or near the well.

Fuel contains harmful chemicals which can pollute groundwater. If spilled or leaking, fuel can leach into groundwater and enter drinking water.

Use care when applying pesticides and fertilizers to lawns and gardens, particularly near the well. Better yet, avoid use entirely if at all possible, as these products contain chemicals and/or nutrients that can contaminate well water and threaten human health.

Well Inspection Services from EDS Pumps & Water Treatment Ltd.

Remember that a private well is not monitored or tested by any public entity. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to test the water to ensure that it is safe to use. Annual testing for certain parameters will help assess the overall quality of your well water and will help you monitor changes that may occur over time. This will enable you to act on problems or potential problems more quickly. In addition, you should have the water tested any time that you notice a change in the taste, odour, or colour of the water or if you become aware of a potential exposure to a contaminant.

If you have concerns about the condition of your well, or would like more information about proper well care, contact EDS Pumps & Water Treatment Ltd. today at 604-534-1115 and ask to speak with one of our water treatment specialists.