The concept of a water well might be simple for some, but as any well drilling contractor will tell you, modern science and engineering has made wells more than just a hole in the ground with water in them. In fact, the technique of drilling and pumping wells has evolved into something highly complex and data-driven!
When you consider what most people think about wells versus what the wells of today actually are, it creates a disparity of information. As a result, there are quite a few myths that exist surrounding well drilling in Missoula, MT today. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common ones below.
Wells dry up after they’ve been pumped clean.
Wells rarely “dry up” these days, thanks in part to how they’re drilled. Because the water table that wells draw water from constantly refills, there’s a very low likelihood of the well drying up, barring a major environmental concern. For example, the only times when a well would really “dry up” are when the water table can no longer regenerate… which usually means damage to the table itself, major drought conditions or manmade disturbances to the water table, such as fracking.
Well water is inferior to lake and reservoir water sources.
This myth comes from the idea that well water is ground water and that ground water has to be “dirty.” In fact, ground water is some of the cleanest water there is! This is due mainly in part to the absorption of heavy metals and other chemicals by the earth. By the time your well draws in water, it’s going to be much cleaner than you think. By comparison, lakes and reservoirs can experience pollution of all types, since the water is located at the surface, and these water sources might not be as well filtered by the time they reach your home.
Wells don’t need maintenance.
This myth likely arises from homeowners who haven’t maintained their wells in many, many years. Wells do require basic maintenance to stay functional, from the time of well drilling in Missoula, MT, through their life of pumping water into your home. Much like a septic tank, a well needs to be serviced annually to ensure proper working order and the stability of the environment within it.
Wells are less reliable the municipal water sources.
For people with ill-maintained wells, this myth could actually be true… however if you take the time to take care of your well and do your due diligence in scheduling routine maintenance for your well, it will be as reliable as any other source. Wells that have malfunctioning pumps or issues maintaining pressure aren’t going to be very reliable, but a properly maintained pump that’s given regular service will serve you gracefully for years and years.
In order to stop the perpetuation of myths about well drilling in Missoula, MT, make it a point to talk to your contractor about what’s fact and what’s not in regards to your well. Often, the misinformation out there has an easy answer to dispel it!