Is well water good for you?

well by side of road

What does it mean to have well water?

When you live outside of the city limits, in a rural or unincorporated area, you typically will have a septic system as opposed to city sewer services. You may burn your trash instead of trash collection by the city, and you will have well water instead of being on a city water system.

Today, we will answer questions about well water and provide you information that can help you understand this type of water system and the differences you could expect between well water vs city water. Thinks like knowing how well water can be contaminated can make a difference in the water being safe or unsafe,

Homeowners who have city water typically have an opinion based on pre-conceived notions about being on well water. Likewise, homeowners with well water, have their suspiciousness about city water.

There is likely some falsehood and some truth about both city water and well water, and both have their pros and cons. When a home gets it water by a well which is usually a well dug on their property, pulling water from the Earth below.

There are small communities where there are several houses within a certain distance, can get on that water system, paying their water bill to a co-op that has a board of directors and management team. This type of water well isbuilt by drilling deep into the ground where access is gained to underground aquifer. In either case, the well water to house where an underground aquifer pumps the water to the house.  

The Pros of Well Water:

  • No water bill because the water you use is coming from your private well. If you’re on a septic system, you won’t receive a sewage bill either.
  • Well water is fresher, high in minerals and nutrients because it comes from the underground aquifer and not run- off or surface water.
  • Well water isn’t likely to be contaminated during a natural disaster, which can disrupt a city’s distribution of safe water. 

The Cons of Well Water

  • Well water needs electricity for the pump to work. So, if there is a power outage, the pump quits working. We recommend having a backup power source like a generator or solar power for your well.
  • The city or co-op is not responsible for the quality or quantity of your well water.  Because a well is on private property, it is the homeowner’s responsibility for maintenance and repairs and any additional drilling that may be needed.
  • Well water can be contaminated with pollutants like chemicals, dead animals, radiation, sewage, and other potential pollutants. This includes any farm or ranch run off, nuclear power plant, or septic systems.

With these facts presented, it confirms why well water should be tested regularly to make sure it is free of any bacteria, chemicals, heavy metal, or parasites.

When your water is supplied by the city or co-op, they have collected the water and ran a purification process before delivering it to customers. There are pros and cons to city or co-op water:

The Pros of City Water:

  • The city is responsible for the quality and quantity of your water, so each time you turn on a faucet, you know you’ll have water that has been purified and tested.
  • City water is readily available in most places and contacting the city to get set up with a water department account, paying any connection fees and having a meter installed will get water in your home. 
  • City water is the preference of mortgage lenders because of the unpredictability of well water.

The Cons of City Water

  • City water isn’t as fresh as well water because it come from run-off and surfaced water, which allow it contact with chemicals and pollutants. City water is chemically treated and filtered, which can take away its freshness too.
  • You pay a monthly bill for city water and it can be expensive. 
  • The city can turn off your water for repairs or missed payment.  
  • City water has the unfortunate ability of being prone to large-scale contamination.

Does well water need filtered?

Well water will typically need less treatment than the surface water from a city because it runs through rock and soil underground that is cleaning it naturally. However, it will pick up some minerals, but not enough to be corrosive. If your well water is an exorbitant amount, in calcium or magnesium too, which will give you hard water, you can purchase a water softener for your home. The minerals found in well water are the same minerals the human body requires.   

How often should you chlorinate your well?

It is recommended by experts that well water should be tested annually, or if the homeowner notices any changes in the appearance or taste of the water. Should there be a change, you can “shock” the water in the well with either one of several products on the market specifically for this purpose or use basic household bleach. Have a supply of bottled water on hand as the shocking process takes a full day making your well water unusable for the day.

Well water in a bucket

Why does well water smell?

Smell well water is usually from chemical reactions, top levels of minerals, and decayed organic material. Some common odors of well water are:

  • Well water with iron level gives you a dirty, earthy smell when running hot water. This is more nuisance than harmful but can affect the taste for a temporary period. You can treat this effectively with a chlorine chemical feed system.
  • Well water with a rotten egg smell is usually a sulfur bacteria that has entered the water supply and caused by lack of oxygen and can be resolved by aerating the well.  Or if the odor is only when running hot water, this could be a chemical reaction within the water heater. 
  • Well water with a fishy odor is a natural organic material that has entered the water source and can be eliminated by reverse osmosis process.  

How many years does a water well last?

A water well can last anywhere between 25 years to more than 100 years, a fact that needs to be considered when weighing the costs of having a professionally installed. 

As we’ve discussed, well water has its benefits, as does city water, and both have the cons. Depending on where you live will determine which water system you have. A house in the middle of the city is not going to be permitted to have a private well, and if your home is in the deep rural areas of this country, you aren’t going to any option but well water. Need well water treatement in Aledo and Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-901-7775 today.