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Groundwater Awareness Week: March 11 – 17, 2012

Article By: RonAtlantic on February 19, 2012
 
“Time to schedule your annual water well checkup!”
 
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).
 
Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually?
An annual checkup by a qualified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water, says NGWA member Ron Peterson, MGWC
 
Also, preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related equipment. NGWA further recommends you test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor, or appearance, or when the system is serviced.
 
Schedule your annual water well checkup
Wells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. A check of your well by a qualified water well contractor may include:
  • A flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance (check amp load, grounding, and line voltage), pressure tank and pressure switch contact, and general water quality (odor, cloudiness, etc.).
  • A well equipment inspection to assure it’s sanitary and meets local code.
  • A test of your water for coliform bacteria and nitrates, and anything else of local concern. Other typical additional tests are those for iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides, and other water constituents that cause problems with plumbing, staining, water appearance, and odor.

Atlantic Well also recommends that well owners:

  • Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a “clean” zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
  • Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, and chemical storage areas.
  • Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should keep out insects and rodents.
  • Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.

So, give us a call at 508-255-1211 to schedule a check-up of your well.

National Ground Water Awareness Week – March 7-13th

Article By: RonAtlantic on March 9, 2010

About half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells! And more than 90 percent of the fresh water in the United States and around the world is groundwater. Ground Water Awareness Week spotlights groundwater, as a valuable and renewable resource.

Spring is a good season to have an Annual Water Well Checkup, before the peak water-use season begins.  A Checkup is important for the following reasons:

  • An annual checkup by a licensed and certified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem free service and quality water.
  • Preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance.
  • Good well maintenance, like good car maintenance, can prolong the life of your well and pump system.

Our checkup will include:

  • An inspection of your system.
  • A check of the pump operation.
  • Air charging of the well tank, if needed.
  • A water sample and laboratory analysis.
  • A written report.

We recommend you have your drinking water tested every year.  Well water quality can change over time, for better or worse.  An annual water test allows you to track changes and take action before reaching a critical state.  For most well owners an annual water test is peace of mind that their water is safe for all their family’s needs.

Call us to schedule a water test and checkup of your system!

You can obtain more well and consumer information by going to NGWA’s Web site for well owners, www.wellowner.org.  National Ground Water Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Ground Water Association – the nation’s leading authority on the use and protection of groundwater.


 

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