(WESTERVILLE, OH — March 4, 2013) National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2013, is a good time to schedule a water well system inspection to assure proper well operation, prolong the well system’s life, and monitor groundwater quality, the National Ground Water Association and its 48 affiliated state organizations said today.
“Water wells are expertly engineered systems that, like a car, need to be examined periodically to make sure they are in good operating condition,” said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. “When water well owners stay on top of their well system’s maintenance, it reduces risks to their water supply and their health.”
NGWA and its affiliated state organizations said the inspections should be done only by a qualified water well system professional. Following are the main areas of a water well system inspection.
The water well system professional should:
(1) Visually inspect the wellhead to —
(2) Visually inspect well system components, principally aboveground pumping equipment and related parts, for —
(3) Conduct a physical inspection or test of well components, including —
Other well system components that should be visually inspected include, but are not limited to, pressure tanks; booster pumps; liquid level control devices; control boxes and connections; water heaters, softeners, conditioners; and filtration equipment.
Upon completion of the visual and physical inspection of the water well system, a written report should be provided to the well/property owner detailing the system specifications observed. The report may include proposals for remedial or rehabilitation work for the water well system. The report should include a schedule for routine inspection, testing, cleaning, or rehabilitation based on the results of the inspection, regulatory requirements, and the professional judgment of the inspector.
To learn more about water wells including construction, maintenance, water testing and treatment, and groundwater protection, visit the NGWA Web site, www.WellOwner.org.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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