There are a number of steps that a homeowner can take to help protect their private well.
- Water should be diverted away from the wellhead to prevent the pooling and potential introduction of contaminated water into the well.
- Keep the well in good repair. A faulty well can allow surface water to reach groundwater without filtering through the soil.
- Use care when applying pesticides and fertilizers to lawns and gardens near the well (better yet, avoid use entirely if possible). These products contain chemicals and/or nutrients that can contaminate well water.
- Abandoned wells should be sealed. They are a prime entryway for contaminants.
Article by Karen Filchak, Retired Extension Educator