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Encyclopedia > Well water

Well water is drawn via mechanical pump from a source below the surface of the earth. Wells can vary greatly in depth, water volume and water quality. Well water typically contain more minerals in solution than surface water and may require treatment to "soften" the water.


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Drinking Water: Well Water Testing FAQ's- Parasitic Pathways - Division of Parasitic Diseases (1011 words)
Check your well every spring to make sure there are no mechanical problems; test it once each year for germs and once every two to three years for harmful chemicals.
However, as a well owner, it is up to you to maintain your well and have it tested regularly.
The presence of nitrate in well water also depends on the geology of the land around your well.
Boulder/GNC Water Well: How to chlorinate your water system (966 words)
Water, especially well water, should be tested for potability on a yearly basis.
Well drillers and pump installers are required to use 100 parts per million (ppm)as a minimum, to disinfect the well after their work.
To remove the chlorine and have your water chlorine free, the well and/or cistern must be emptied of the chlorinated water.
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