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Expert Tips to Make Well Water Drinkable


With Careful Maintenance, Your Well Water Can Be Safe For Consumption

The water in your well can be contaminated in two ways. Either it could have impurities, bacterial growth, or rodent infestation, or the pipes may be dirty. In both cases, when it reaches your tap, it is not safe to consume anymore. If you have a private water well at home, then it is your responsibility to make sure the water is clean and pure. 

In New Jersey, 78 percent of the private well water is not tested and therefore not safe for consumption. To begin with your effort to make the well water drinkable, your first step should be to get it tested for impurities. Other than doing it annually, in case you notice scale buildup, stains, unusual taste, or excessive bad odor from the well, then you will need to get it checked again. These are signs that the water is impure which could lead to serious health hazards. While some health implications may be manageable, in extreme cases it can be fatal for health. 

Testing The Well Water

There are quite a few ways in which you can get the water tested. You can hire a professional well-contractor or even do it yourself. There are water-testing kits available that you can use which are quite affordable. However, keep in mind that professional lab testing will provide more accurate results. 

Water Purifying Methods

Once you have understood what kind of contamination is in the water, you can select one of many options to treat it. To create a barrier between contaminated water and all the taps in your house, a whole house water filter for well water can be used. These filters ensure that there are no biological, chemical, or physical impurities in the water. These can also be used in the form of counter-top filters or under-the-sink filters. Reducing the water hardness by using filters will decrease the mineral content in it and make it fit for other purposes like showering, laundry, and so on. 

Well Water Maintenance

Once you have tested and applied a filtration system for your well water, you can then follow some steps to make sure that the water stays safe. You can hire contractors who can check the septic system regularly. Flushing toilet paper, chemicals, solvents, and other harmful things can directly end up in your septic system. This means that eventually, it will land up in the tap, making the water unsafe for consumption. Make sure to periodically check the wellhead and inside as well. See if you notice any substantial changes. Keep accurate records of the maintenance so you know when it is time to get the treatment done.  

Apart from the annual and periodical testing of the well, in case of any natural disaster, you will need to do the testing all over again. This is because, in the case of landslides, flooding, and other such disasters, the well water can be affected. This will ensure that the water you are drinking is safe and healthy. 

3 thoughts on “Expert Tips to Make Well Water Drinkable

  1. Definitely have your plumber install multiple filters it helps big time.

  2. You need to add filters, it makes a big difference in the taste and the quality.

  3. Why so much chlorine in the water this week in Ridgewood
    I turn on the water in the kitchen at breakfast and it smell like an indoor swimming pool.

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