Having your own well situated on your private property is a great way to be independent and self-reliant. You own your water source, which means you no longer have to rely on municipal sources and are insulated from the widespread outages and contaminations that can sometimes occur with government-managed water supplies.
But having your own well doesn’t come without its own safety considerations. In fact, your personal water well installation in Missoula, MT requires you, as the property owner, to always be up on seasonal maintenance, parts repairs and replacements and water testing to ensure good water quality.
Without further ado, here are some important things to think about before diving into the world of water well ownership.
Wells pull water from underground aquifers, which are replenished with rain and snow that seeps into the soil. During this process, water can pick up contaminants, like heavy metals and all sorts of toxins. In rural areas where farming and livestock are prevalent, fertilizers and other contaminants can make their way into the water supply. While small amounts of microorganisms and substances are generally expected in water, and are eventually filtered out, large amounts of these substances can pose significant health risks. Be sure to have your water quality checked before your family invests in water well installation in Missoula, MT for drinking and bathing.
Whether you are the first owner or buying a property that has an older water well, you should thoroughly inspect the entire system to ensure components are in good working order and are not rusted or broken. Pumps that have been sitting unused should be replaced or cleaned of molds and organic blockages. Piping with holes or cracks should be completely replaced to avoid contamination above ground, and underground tanks should be inspected, too. Though they are meant to last a long while, these tanks can rust or deteriorate over time. Be sure that they are not cracked, rusted or contaminated before putting your well to work.
Depending on your location and how many people are relying on the underground aquifer for their water, it is possible to completely deplete the water source. Say, for example, your direct neighbors produce water-intensive crops, you feed and water several hundred head of cattle and many people in your area are plugged into the same aquifer. Over time and without consistent replenishment—if there’s a drought, for instance—the underground aquifer could collapse and destroy the chances of pumping water.
The long and short of it is that you still need to be conscientious about how you and your neighbors use water. A professional can tell you more about the health of your particular well and the surrounding area.
If you are in the market for new or replacement water well installation in Missoula, MT, give the knowledgeable team at Camp Well Drilling And Pump Service a call! We are available to discuss your needs, as well as ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.