Protecting Your Water Supply
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Utility Management Group Ltd.
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When Building, Modifying Or Closing A Well

  • Hire a certified well driller for any new well construction or
  • Slope well area so surface runoff drains away
  • When closing a well:
Do not cut off the well casing below the land surface
Hire a certified well contractor to fill or seal the well

Preventing Problems

  • Install a locking well cap or safety seal to prevent
    unauthorized use of, or entry into, the well
  • Do not mix or use pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides,
    degreasers, fuels, and other pollutants near the well
  • Never dispose of wastes in dry wells or in abandoned wells
  • Pump and inspect septic systems as often as
    recommended by your local health department
  • Never dispose of hazardous materials in a septic system
  • Take care in working or mowing around your well
Maintaining Your Well

  • Each month check visible parts of your system for
    problems such as:
Cracking or corrosion,
Broken or missing well cap,
Settling and cracking of surface seals
  • Have the well tested once a year for coliform bacteria,
    nitrates, and other contaminants
  • Keep accurate records in a safe place, including:
Construction contract or report
Maintenance records, such as disinfection or sediment removal
Any use of chemicals in the well
Water testing results
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