A private well is one way to steer clear of rising water costs. However, unless it was installed by an experienced plumber in Athens, GA, you’re probably better off with public water.

Water samples recovered in several counties last May 2014 found traces of harmful bacteria and contaminants in groundwater. While experts said most people can develop immunity to these substances with daily drinking, the sickly are put at risk. This is why it’s important to bring water samples to commercial or university labs first (or at County Environmental Health Offices).

One of the factors that can affect groundwater’s safety is the type of well used, as reported by Lee Adcock of Georgia Health News:


There are two main types of household wells in Georgia. “Bored” wells are dug with an auger and are typically 24 to 30 inches in diameter and 10 to 30 feet deep. “Drilled” wells are much smaller in diameter and considerably deeper – usually 100 to 400 feet deep. They’re dug with a big rig that drills down and inserts casing as it penetrates.

An important difference between the two is that bored wells draw from water above bedrock and drilled wells tap into the aquifer, water below bedrock. Because bored wells draw from such a shallow reservoir of surface water, they’re far more vulnerable to contamination.

Fortunately, bored wells are showing themselves out, in favor of drilled ones. Nevertheless, well water supplies can still be contaminated by surface or subsurface runoff. The Water Well Standards Act sets the horizontal distances from possible sources of contaminants. For instance, the well must be not less than 10 feet from a sewer line, 50 feet from a septic tank, 100 feet from an animal pen, and 150 feet from a cesspool.

Furthermore, the state Department of Public Health recommends a 50-foot exclusion zone from the wellhead, off-limits to chemicals and flammables.

Even if you have a working well, the investment will only be a waste if you end up getting heavily-tainted aquifer water. Take care of the problems on the surface and let an Athens, GA well service specialist like Athens Plumbing & Well Service deal with faulty mechanics underground. Only such decisive action can save your friends and family from water-borne diseases.

(Source: Georgia’s well water not always as healthy as it tastes, Georgia Health News)