This week is National Groundwater Awareness week and the Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents to make sure their wells are safe.
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup. Yearly testing and maintenance are recommended to help protect and provide quality water. This is usually less costly than emergency maintenance and can extend the life of your well. You should also test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor, or color, or when the system is serviced.
Wells can provide high-quality drinking water but there is a responsibility to keep the water well in good working order. A check of your well by a qualified water well contractor may include a flow test, equipment inspection and a sample test.
Lincoln County Health Department also recommends well owners to keep water safe several ways:
- Keep chemicals, septic tanks and animal waste away from your well.
- Dispose of chemicals and motor oil properly.
- Don’t put waste chemicals in your septic system.
- Limit your use of lawn and garden chemicals.
- Keep the area around your well clean.
- Keep your well records in a safe place, this can include the construction report, annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.
Lincoln County Health Department sells water test kits to test for bacteria, nitrates and fluoride in private wells. The cost of the kit depends on what is being tested. To purchase a water test kit at the Lincoln County Health Department, stop by at 607 N. Sales Street, Merrill or call 715-536-0307 for more information.