Properly constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These simple steps will
help protect your system and investment.
- Always use licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is constructed, a pump
is installed or the system is serviced.
- An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water
should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is
- Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your
- Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair.
- Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or chemical storage
facilities. Your professional contractor knows the rules.
- Don't allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don't put the hose
inside the tank or container.
- When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from
your well for proper drainage.
- Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection
of your well. Don't pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.
- Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, as well as annual water well
system maintenance and water testing results.
- Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
- When your well has come to the end of its serviceable life (usually more than 20 years), have your
qualified water well contractor properly decommission your well after constructing your new system.