RSS

Helpful tips and tricks with Agricultural Irrigation

Beginners Guide: Water Well Basics  

WP Law - Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Water-Well


If you are planning on having a well drilled or you are a new well owner, it is essential to know well basics.


Types of wells

• Driven wells - They are made by driving a pipe with a well point into shallow water-bearing gravel or sand.

• Dug wells – They are wells excavated by hand using a shovel to a level that is below the water table. They are usually lined with tiles, stones or bricks. They are shallow and easily get contaminated.

• Drilled wells – they are constructed using a rotary drilling machine. They are usually more than 100 feet deep.


Well contamination

It is easy to contaminate a well especially if it was not well constructed. Contaminants can easily slip into the well if toxic materials are dumped close to the well and leach into the aquifer contaminating the groundwater. Consumption of water from a contaminated well can be dangerous. It is essential to have your well tested on a regular basis for pathogens, contaminants and other chemicals.

Potential sources of contamination include;

• Microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses

• Nitrate and nitrite present in human waste and chemical fertilizers

• Heavy metals

• Fluoride

• Radionuclides


Protecting your well from contamination

Proper well maintenance which includes an inspection every ten years is important. You should also install a well cap to prevent hazardous materials from falling into the well. Use caution around the well and do not put any dangerous substances close to it.


If you are planning to own a well in the future, talk to the experts at W.P. Law Incorporated.

Trackback Link
http://www.wplawinc.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=8699&PostID=734042&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Find A Location Near You!

MAIN OFFICE - LEXINGTON

303 Riverchase Way
Lexington, SC 29072

Phone 803-461 -0599
Toll-Free 800-476-4515
Fax 803-461 -0598
Contact Us

 

MONDAY - FRIDAY
8:00am - 5:00pm

 

Summer Hours:

Effective March 10, 2018
thru August 25, 2018

SATURDAY
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Counter Service Only

 

Need Directions?

CHARLESTON

3636 Belvedere Rd.
John's Island, SC 29455

Phone 843-559-3945
Fax 843-559-2740
Contact Us

 

MONDAY - FRIDAY ONLY
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Need Directions?

GREENVILLE

1330 Grove Rd.
Greenville, SC 29605

Phone 864-295-3810
800-660-7569
Fax 864-295-6990
Contact Us

 

MONDAY - FRIDAY
8:00am - 5:00pm

 

Need Directions?

GREER

2400 Highway 101 S.
Greer, SC 29651

Phone 864-879-1045
877-835-0714
Fax 864-879-1 046
Contact Us

 

MONDAY - FRIDAY
7:30am - 5:00pm

 

Need Directions?