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Private Wells

Private Wells

Generally, "drilled" wells are considered the safest for home water supplies. Hand dug wells, springs or surface water bodies are usually not as safe as drilled wells.


How Does a Well Work?

A well is basically a hole in the ground, held open by a pipe (casing) that extends to an aquifer. An aquifer is an underground water supply - one found in porous rock, sand, silt, gravel, or the like.

A pump at the bottom of the well draws water up from the aquifer for distribution through your plumbing system. A pressure tank stores pressurized water by using compressed air to bear down on the water. Because of this pressure, when a valve is opened, water is pushed out of the tank through the pipes in your home.

The depth to which wells are constructed is determined by factors such as depth to ground water, ground water quality, and geologic conditions at the well site.


Can I Have My Private Well Water Tested?

Yes, (though not required by law) contact the Clinton County Health Department for information on how and when to have your water tested, if you have concerns about your private well.

 

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Private Wells

Private Wells

Generally, "drilled" wells are considered the safest for home water supplies. Hand dug wells, springs or surface water bodies are usually not as safe as drilled wells.


How Does a Well Work?

A well is basically a hole in the ground, held open by a pipe (casing) that extends to an aquifer. An aquifer is an underground water supply - one found in porous rock, sand, silt, gravel, or the like.

A pump at the bottom of the well draws water up from the aquifer for distribution through your plumbing system. A pressure tank stores pressurized water by using compressed air to bear down on the water. Because of this pressure, when a valve is opened, water is pushed out of the tank through the pipes in your home.

The depth to which wells are constructed is determined by factors such as depth to ground water, ground water quality, and geologic conditions at the well site.


Can I Have My Private Well Water Tested?

Yes, (though not required by law) contact the Clinton County Health Department for information on how and when to have your water tested, if you have concerns about your private well.