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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that the U.S. rates among those countries with the safest drinking water worldwide. One reason this is true is due to the vigilance of water districts across the nation. They regularly test their fresh water to make certain it meets or exceeds federal safe water standards. However, if you draw your household water supply from a well, the responsibility for ensuring its safety is your own. Keep your family healthy by taking steps to ensure the safety of your private water well. Ask your Cherry Hill plumbing professionals for advice on well maintenance.

If you don't already know, determine what type of well is supplying water to your home. Dug wells are basically holes created by a shovel or backhoe. This type of well is likely to be no more than 30 feet in depth and may be lined with stones or bricks to prevent collapse. Water from a dug well is the most vulnerable to contamination. Make sure your dug well is encased in watertight material such as clay or cement and that it has a secure cement cap. The well pump should be housed in a separate pump house.

The second type of well is a driven well. It is deeper than a dug well, averaging between 30 and 50 feet. A driven well runs a moderately high risk of contamination from aboveground activities, so it should have a metal pipe liner, a pump located in a nearby location, and a tight-fitting concrete cap. The ground around the cap should be sloped away from the well so run-off does not collect in your fresh water supply.

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Drilled wells are deeper, penetrating from 100 to 400 feet into the Earth's crust. They have metal or plastic pipe casing through which a pump transports fresh water to your household. The casing extends above the surface of the ground and is capped to keep out contaminants. Deep wells have submersible pumps that sit beneath the water line. They are equipped with pitless adaptors for connection to your water supply.

Priority one with well water is periodic testing to ensure its purity. Contact your state water quality office for referral to a nearby testing lab. Because private wells are vulnerable to contamination by human activity, have your water tested at least once per year to confirm its quality. If testing reveals health concerns, implement a treatment program to bring your water back within federal clean water standards. Be sure to have the water tested more often to determine if the treatment is working. Meanwhile, consider using bottled water or a purification system for any water your family drinks.

To minimize the possibility of well contamination, locate your septic tank and drain field no closer than 50 feet from your water supply. If you have livestock, make sure you keep them 50 feet or more away from your well. Storage tanks for diesel or gasoline, fertilizer or manure must be a minimum of 100 feet from your well site, and livestock waste piles should be 250 feet or further away.

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