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Blog: Time to test well water
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Rae-Ann Tucker-Marshall
Henry-Stark Health Department
May 29, 2013 10 a.m.

Dorothy David, Health Department Director of Environmental Health

Services states, "We would like

to recommend to area residents that maybe it's time for your annual water

well checkup!"

Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally,

spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak

water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association


Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually? "The

truth is an annual checkup is the best way to ensure problem-free service

and quality water," says David. "Also, preventative maintenance usually is

less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like

good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related

equipment. NGWA further recommends you test your water whenever there is a

change in taste, odor, or appearance, or when the system is serviced."

Schedule your annual water well checkup. Wells can provide high-quality

drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking

water from wells. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of

keeping the water well in good working order.

David also recommends that well owners:

•Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and

motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a "clean" zone of at least

50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.

•Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste

systems, and chemical storage areas.

•Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing

(well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should

keep out insects and rodents.

•Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction

report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.

For more information on the Health Departments' Water Program, water testing

and sealing abandoned wells, contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197

Main Office. You can also visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or

find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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