When was the last time you had your well checked? It is up to you as a private well owner to make sure your well water is safe for your family. You can’t just rely on taste for safety. During March 6-13, National Groundwater Awareness Week, Quinnipiack Valley Health District recommends that those with a private well get a well check-up which would include testing the water, a visual inspection of the well location for potential sources of contamination and an inspection of the well equipment by a professional well drilling company.
To protect your well, keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, as well as manure from livestock or kennels. The distance should be at least 75 feet from any hazard. Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. You should also get your water tested anytime there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime the system is serviced.
Your last check-up may have been fine, but environmental conditions (such as heavy rains) along with aging equipment can cause your drinking water to change. For information and videos on well health and safety including information on testing, visit www.ct.gov/dph/privatewells or you can call QVHD, 203 248-4528 for a copy of Publication 24: Private Well Testing.