Well Water Safety

Well Maintenance & Inspection

The structure of a well, like any piece of equipment, has a lifespan and requires preventative maintenance in order to utilize its effectiveness. The following Well Maintenance Checklist will help to keep your well in top condition and to avoid problems with well water contamination.

Well Maintenance Checklist

General

Pictorial comparison of an
Pictorial comparison of an
appropriate mound
around a well

Improperly sealed
Improperly sealed
abandoned wells can
still allow for surface
water and rain to
contaminate aquifer

Every 3 to 4 months or at least 3 times per year

Have a sample tested for bacteria.

Loose wooden sheets
Loose wooden sheets
used as a well cover.
This is not adequate to
prevent surface water
from entering the well

At least once a year

Surface water seeping
Surface water seeping
through cracks into
a dug well


Compression of ground
Compression of ground
causing visible ponding
around well