TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR WELL
BELOW GRADE WELLS
The risk of water quality problems with groundwater supplies is directly related to the type of well, its state of repair, its depth and how close it is to potential sources of contamination. One type of well that is vulnerable to contamination is a well that is located in a low area subject to ponding and/or flooding, or near or down slope of a potential contaminant source(s). Below-grade wells, including well pits, are constructed where the top of the well casing is below ground level, such as:
- buried wells (including those constructed beneath a structure)
- well pits (drilled wells constructed in excavations below the frost line), drilled wells in well pits that are below grade and subject to flooding .
- drilled wells constructed in old large-diameter wells.
Annual Maintenance for Your Water Filters
In order for your water conditioning system to continue operating properly, it will need to be maintained on a regular basis. Annual maintenance performed by a trained technician can not only keep your system running at peak efficiency, but can also help avoid costly repairs. A well maintained water conditioning system can provide you with many years of trouble free operation.
Water softeners and backwash filters should have their timers and valve units inspected for proper operation. Many models have injectors, injector screens, and flow controls that need to be cleaned once a year. Water softener resin should also be periodically inspected for degradation or fouling and should be replaced if necessary.
Under counter filters and reverse osmosis systems will need to have their filters changed at least once a year. Dirty, clogged filters can result in loss of water pressure, reduced water quality, and shortened membrane life. RO membranes can last for many years. They should be tested with a TDS meter and only be replaced when no longer effective.
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Abandoned wells pose a safety hazard and can be a path for contamination to your groundwater if not properly filled and sealed.
The BC Groundwater Regulation on abandoned wells came into affect in 2005.
A private well owner must do as follows. Deactivate or close a well no longer in use. Wells that have not been used for five years must be deactivated. Deactivating a well means capping, securing, protecting, and maintaining the well in a safe and sanitary condition while it is out of service. Deactivated wells not used for 10 years must be properly closed. Closure involves back filling and sealing the well. Drilled wells more than 5 meters (15 feet) or dug wells more than 15 meters (50 feet) deep must be closed by a qualified contractor.
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