Portfolio Category: Inspecting Your Well

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Well Owner Annual Checklist

  • Always use licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is constructed, a pump is installed or the system is serviced.
  • An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a...
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Well Abandonment Information

Why are unused and improperly abandoned wells threats to groundwater? Unused and improperly abandoned wells are a significant threat to groundwater quality. If not properly filled with impermeable material, abandoned wells can directly channel contaminated surface or soil water into groundwater. Water that gets into abandoned wells bypasses the purifying action that...
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Well Sampling Information

Most private wells provide a safe and uncontaminated source of drinking water. Some wells do however become contaminated with bacteria. Fortunately certified labs can easily test water for coliform bacteria, a common indicator of bacterial contamination in wells. To ensure your well is not contaminated, it is a good idea to regularly...
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New Wells

Notification of New Well Construction In the spring of 2004, the Governor and Legislature passed Wisconsin Act 310 establishing protection for groundwater, springs, trout streams and other important surface water resources. The law recognized the interconnection between surface water and groundwater, and contains provisions intended to protect both. The Department is required to...
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Wisconsin is a water rich state, with high quality lakes, streams, and abundant groundwater. However, many people in Wisconsin are concerned about the quality and source of their drinking water, as well as the status of their favorite stream, spring, or lake. It’s no wonder why:
  • About 1.2 quadrillion gallons of water lie underground in Wisconsin,...
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