Jefferson County, Colorado — Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually?An annual checkup by a qualified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water.“Although water from your well is usually of high quality and safe to drink, without routine testing, you really don’t know what is in the water you are drinking,” said Roy Laws of the Jefferson County Public Health Environmental Services Division. “There are naturally occurring contaminants and human-caused contamination that can impact water quality and your health. To make sure that your water is - and remains - safe to drink, we recommend annual testing for the presence or absence of bacteria and nitrates. Depending on where you live, your routine water test should also screen for other contaminants such as uranium and fluoride.”Also, preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related equipment. Jefferson County Public Health also recommends you test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or when the system is serviced.Schedule your annual water well checkupWells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. A check of your well by a qualified water well contractor may include:
Jefferson County Public Health Environmental Health Division also recommends that well owners:
Jefferson County communities are already being proactive about ground water protections and community input!
For more information on water well testing, please visit "our drinking water wells" web page or call our office at 303-271-5700.
You can also watch this video from the National Groundwater Association to learn more about the importance of ground water testing and water quality!