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It is estimated that more than 13 million households rely on private wells for drinking water in the United States (US Census American Housing Survey 2015).

It is estimated that more than 13 million households rely on private wells for drinking water in the United States (US Census American Housing Survey 2015).

It is very important to test your private well annually for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If you suspect the presence of other contaminants, you should test for those also. You can also contact your local health department to find out what substances may be common in your area’s groundwater.

You may want to test more frequently if small children or elderly adults live in your house or if someone in your house is pregnant or nursing. These segments of the population are often more vulnerable to pollutants than others.

You should also test your private well immediately if:

  • There are known problems with ground water or drinking water in your area
  • Conditions near your well have changed significantly (i.e. flooding, land disturbances, and new construction or industrial activity)
  • You replace or repair any part of your well system.
  • You notice a change in your water quality (i.e. odor, color, taste).

Besides testing your well annually, preventing water well pollution is another step to ensure safe drinking water. For households using a domestic well, this includes keeping contaminants away from sinkholes and the well itself. Keep hazardous chemicals out of septic systems.

Here are some key points on preventing well pollution:

  • Install a well cap or sanitary seal to prevent unauthorized use of, or entry into, the well.
  • Keep accurate records of well maintenance, such as disinfection or sediment removal, that may require the use of chemicals in the well.
  • Avoid mixing or using pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, degreasers, fuels, and other pollutants near the well.
  • Do not dispose of wastes in dry wells or in abandoned wells.
  • Pump and inspect septic systems as often as recommended by your local health department.
  • Periodically inspect exposed parts of the well for problems such as:
  • Cracked, corroded or damaged well casing
  • Broken or missing well cap
  • Settling and cracking of surface seals

Unfortunately, mother nature can occur at any time and as homeowners these natural disasters can cause harm to your wells. Flooding, earthquakes, landslides, and other natural disasters can impact the safety of your drinking water by allowing contaminants to enter your private well system. If you suspect your drinking water well may be contaminated after a flood or another natural disaster, contact your local or state health department or environmental agency for advice on inspecting and testing your well. If possible, use a contractor with experience in servicing drinking water wells to inspect and test your well.

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Testimonials

Every time someone comes out and helps us with our maintenance they are always so professional, prompt, informative & helpful. We will never use another service to assist with our well system.
- Daniela D.
Water Dr replaced my well pump and drop piping this week, Their prices were competitive and our service tech Josh was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He noticed that our well cap was a driller's cap and not a sealed well cap required by code. He also noticed that there was no check valve anywhere along the 280 feet of drop pipe. Our previous well company replaced our well pump back in 2002 and never mentioned any of this. Josh also gave me other great tips on the type of filter to use for my water system and how many times to change it during the year to help prevent the rings in our toilet bowls caused by excess iron. Water Dr just gained a new customer for life Thank you Matt (owner) and Josh for doing such a great job!!!!!!!!!!!
- Darren P.
I contacted WaterDR for a mitigation system for a high Radon reading after a home inspection. I spoke directly with one of the technician’s “Joe “ he was absolutely polite and informative. We needed him to come the following day! I have to say they were on time and very professional. After fully explaining everything they immediately began to work. They were excellent, they finished the job in about 3 hours. They cleaned up their debris as if they were never there. I am happy to report that because of the system my Radon level was way below the minimum standards. I would very much recommend this company to anyone. Thanks again for the piece of mind.
- Gerald T.
After my water unexpectedly decided to stop working one night, I called The Water Doctor and I’m so glad I did. They were at my door the next morning (only because it was so late at night when I called) and got the water running temporarily even though my problems were so severe. They knew exactly what to do and they are so understanding that if you don’t have water you can’t live without it! If you have a water problem and want great service and the best price, these are the only guys to call for a fast and friendly solution.
- George D.
Joey from the Water Dr. was amazing. He displayed a high level of professionalism and great customer service skills. He took his time to explain the process and what’s needed in regards to follow-up.
- Nakea R.
Amazing service! I would highly recommend this company. Our water suddenly stopped working around 6 pm. We called Water Dr and Joey came out within 15 minutes. He was nice, professional, and very knowledgeable. He worked hard in the dark to make sure we got our pump fixed so that we could get water back ASAP. 5 Stars!
- Kelly M.
Joey from the Water Doctor was very knowledgeable. He fixed the issue that the builder did not take care of! He was professional , helpful and I’m grateful to have clean water!!! Thank you so much!!!!
- Nancy E.
Omg Bill was the technician and he was wonderful. I've had water doctor service my well for 6 years and have always been satisfied with the service. Thankfully they have only had to come out for 1 emergency and they were right there.i would recommend
- Td M.
These guys are a pleasure to deal with and will not leave you “dry” …worked till after 9pm to ensure we we’re up and running..and the techs are well versed in their trade! A professional outfit!! They found we had a deep well, and went back to get their “new rig” (at 6pm) and had the pump pulled and changed, system pressure tested, and a new pressure tank fitted In basement and water running by 9:30. Now that’s service!!!!
- Alexander M.
Woke up to no water. Called Water Dr. at 7:35. Someone was at my house before 9 AM. Workers were friendly and efficient and clearly explained everything. Everything was completed by 10:30 and I was giving clear instructions on what should be done over the next 24 hours. I will definitely be calling them again for any future water needs/issues.
- Mike G.
Josh was awesome. Visited Saturday morning for a service, we needed a system change. Back out Monday, work was clean fast and he explained everything. Highly recommend.
- Malcolm C.
This company was amazing. We are selling our home and the inspection showed well contamination and radon in the basement. They came out on the appointment day and addressed both problems the same day even though it was later in the evening. They were very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail so we understood the process. I would highly recommend them.
- Pamela F.
They are very responsive. I had them install my filter system and now they come to clean. Friendly, honest and organized. THANK YOU
- John B.
Josh and the other technicians at Water Doctor are real experts and extremely knowledgeable. Even better, for the one obscure piece of equipment I had they had little experience with, they admitted they would have to check with someone else in the company before rending an opinion. These guys are honest, smart, ethical and have fair pricing. They won’t sell you in stuff you don’t need, but are honest and will demonstrate why some things need to be replaced. I highly recommend them without reservation.
- Chip T.
Every time someone comes out and helps us with our maintenance they are always so professional, prompt, informative & helpful. We will never use another service to assist with our well system.
- Daniela D.
Water Dr replaced my well pump and drop piping this week, Their prices were competitive and our service tech Josh was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He noticed that our well cap was a driller's cap and not a sealed well cap required by code. He also noticed that there was no check valve anywhere along the 280 feet of drop pipe. Our previous well company replaced our well pump back in 2002 and never mentioned any of this. Josh also gave me other great tips on the type of filter to use for my water system and how many times to change it during the year to help prevent the rings in our toilet bowls caused by excess iron. Water Dr just gained a new customer for life Thank you Matt (owner) and Josh for doing such a great job!!!!!!!!!!!
- Darren P.