28 Sep It’s Time to Check the Quality of Your Well Water
According to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals (IAGP), spring or summer is a good season to have an annual water well pump checkup – before the peak water use season begins. Prairie State Water Systems, Inc. has trained technicians and three Illinois state licenses to ensure all work will meet or exceed state and county health codes and standards.
How Often Should I Get My Well Water Tested?
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends you test your well water whenever there is a change in taste, odor, appearance, or during your annual water well maintenance check up.An annual well pump and tank checkup by a qualified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem free service and quality water. Preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance. Frequent well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related equipment. – Approved
Prairie State Water offers well water services in St. Charles, Batavia, Elburn, Sycamore, DeKalb, West Chicago, South Elgin, Marseilles, Morris, Ottawa, Yorkville, Streator, Pontiac and surrounding areas.
What is included in a well water inspection?
With well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. A check of your well by a qualified water well contractor may include:
A flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance (check amp load, grounding, and line voltage), pressure tank and pressure switch contact, and general water quality (odor, cloudiness, etc.).
A well equipment inspection to assure everything is sanitary and meets local and state code.
A test of your water for coliform bacteria and nitrates, and anything else of local concern.
Prairie State Water can customize a well water treatment plan specific to your water issues. We offer water treatment services in La Salle, Livingston, Kankakee, Grundy and parts of Kendall and Will counties in Illinois. Call our Marseilles office at 815-357-8300.
Well Safety Checklist
- Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well.
- 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 the 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, annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.