Providing your own drinking water has two main advantages - no monthly water utility bills and you control the quality of your water. With these advantages comes the responsibility of doing maintainance and code compliance. Unfortunately, most people just dump salt in their water softener (if they have one) and forget about things until something goes wrong. Rock-Well is here to ensure you have years of trouble free service. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau, and are licensed in multiple states. We are in close contact with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure higher standards on our part and to assist the DNR in helping you.
Wisconsin has guidelines for well construction state that all wells must be constructed by licensed well drillers according to state regulations. The well must pass inspection and the water must be certified as potable (drinkable) by the County Health Department before the well can be used. The well water industry has come a long way from the years of hand dug wells and windmills, though some windmills still are in service around Wisconsin where electricty availability used to be an issue. Today's wells are drilled and have submersible pumps and bladder tanks.
THE ADVANTAGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MAKE YOUR EQUIPMENT AND WELL LAST LONGER
When it comes to contamination, agricultural areas can be of greater concern. Wells with porous bedrock and sandy soil are most susceptable to nitrate contamination, paticularly in parts of Walworth county. High nitrates in water can kill newborns. Nitrates come from fertilizers, manure and septic systems. Pesticides found in wells could lead to a variety of diseases from cancer to reproductive problems.
Beyond pesticides and nitrates, there are basical elements that can be in your well water. Direct well contamination from chromium, cadmium, molybenum, and boron is also of great concern. For example, Yorkville Elementary School in Racine Country has discontinued use of it's water fountains because of high rates of molybdenum. In a 2014 Clean Wisconsin study of 1000 wells in Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties 200 were found to have unsafe levels of molybednum. This leads to joint, gastroinestestinal, liver and kidney problems. There is a strong correlation to the location of these wells and the location of reused coal ash that dumped into landfills. Aquifer drawdown also forces wells to go deeper. In these more ancient anquifers, there is naturally occuring radium (the precursor to radon), arsenic and salinity. And lead from old plumbing systems coming out of your faucets can definitely cause child's brain development to develop more slowly.
Regulatory enforcement of soil and water pollution laws are part of the function of government. Laws are enacted through the legislature and enforced by the DNR or other regulatory agencies. However in reality sometimes the DNR lacks legal authority to do anything about a water issue, or it may not be aware of the issue. In some cases the DNR may have the authority but the lack of will or through political pressure to impose any control over polluters in Wisconsin. This said, you can take control of your water quality. You should have your water tested by Rock-Well. You can also install an inline water filter that is guaranteed to remove heavy metals, pesticides, and bacterial contamination. These two simple steps will help insure that your water is safe for drinking.
Wisconsin streams and rivers are the result of underground aquifers that surface.
To extend the life of your well, schedule a yearly inspection from Rock-Well.
Secondly, conserve water. The more water you use, the more your pump and water softener runs. The more it runs, the sooner it breaks. The average house of 4 people causes a submersible pump to run 2.5 hours a day.
Wisconsin and Illinois snow and rain replenish aquifers, however, water is not an infinite resource. The term as aquifer drawdown means that wells can dry up. Racine and Kenosha counties alone use 60 million gallons of water a day from the aquaifer and it's only increasing. In Milwaukee and Waukesha, the drawdown has been 450 feet since 1880. Since 1940 the water tables have dropped 10 feet. Just following the steps below can keep your well from drying up or postpone pump replacement. In recent years the nation has as whole has seen a sharp drop in water tables. Wisconsin and Illinois vary according to locale - however in many cases there's been an overall increase in water availability. As a utility owner, conserving your resources is the fiscally responsible thing to do.
* Repair any leaky faucets or toilets. One drop per second can waste several hundred gallons of water per day or 2700 gallons of water per year.
* Install a dual-flush toilet.
* Cut back on the time you stand in the shower.
* Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. A family of four this can save 200 gallons of water a week.
* Install water saving devices on faucets to minimize water flow
* Upgrade to high efficiency clothes washer. Besides the water savings, they're very quiet, use less detergent, and less electricity.
* Switch to a water electricity and water efficient, quiet dishwasher - it will save about 7 gallons per wash.
* Use a pitcher of water instead of running the tap.
* If you water your lawn, just do it once a week for an hour at night so it doesn't evaporate. Leave your grass at a 3" height.
* Use a bucket of water instead of the hose to wash it.
* Use a broom to clean your driveway instead of the hose.
CHEMICAL, ELEMENTAL AND BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION
LANDSCAPING NEAR YOUR WELL
* DO NOT landscape plants within four feet of your well head. Poplars, Maples, willows and elms with extensive root systems should be at least 50 feet away. Smaller trees should be at least 20 feet away.
* DO NOT use pesticides or fertilizers within 100 feet of your well as you risk poisoning your well.
* DO NOT use a well covering with fake rocks, wishing wells, or treated wood. The will only result in contamination and make for problems when it comes to maintaining your well.
If you own a well, you are the CEO of your own utility
Your well may have the purest water in the world but you won't know unless it's properly tested. Rock-Well uses only stated certified laboratories to insure that your well is free of harmful elements. It is in your body's best interest and your families well-being to have your well tested regularly.
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