There has been much media commentary over the use of water in the United States. With billions of bottled water sold each year, some are questioning whether the bottled water industry is simply taking advantage of the American consumer.
In an effort to push the restoration of drinking tap water, many Americans are turning away from bottled water. In fact, in many rural areas, the consumption of water is taken, primarily, from wells and springs and this water, in turn, is also being sold in by bottled water manufacturers.
So, how do you know if you home well water is safe to drink? While many states regulate the standards of well water and springs within their state boundaries, the homeowner who elects to consume water from a personal property well is ultimately the decision maker in determining the safety of the water from the well.
To ensure your well water is safe to drink, you must first work diligently to avoid the potential risks for contamination. Such contamination might include ground water seepage, sewer hazards, pesticides, radon, lead and even bacteria.
To reduce the risk of contamination, you will want to ensure your well water system is protected, encased and capped off at the ground surface. Proper well installation recommendations are at 200 feet in depth and your well system should not be more than 20 years old. If any of these factors are not within compliance of the recommended well water safety, it may be necessary to modify your home well water system.
When a property well water system is installed, begin by taken samples of well water to a laboratory for testing. Upon receipt of the well water laboratory tests, seek the advice of a well water technician who can offer advice in how best to eliminate any toxins that may be present in your water. The National Water Well Association can offer the names of certified technicians in your area by calling (614) 761-1711.
Once your well water is safe to drink, the next step is to ensure your well is maintained. This involves regularly cleaning and regular testing. For information on standards for safe water, you can contact the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline by calling (800) 426-4791.
As American consumers begin to look at ways in which to conserve water or reduce the costs associated with water production, many are turning to personal use of well water. When making this consideration, in an effort to reduce the use of bottled water, remember to use these guidelines and resources to ensure your well water is safe to drink.