Guidance Available on Maintaining Private Water Wells

July 6, 2015
The new water well maintenance guidance will help well owners better know when a professional inspection or service is needed

Homeowners can get the latest guidance on maintaining their household water well systems free online by visiting, a website of the National Ground Water Assn (NGWA).

Ongoing maintenance of private water wells is the responsibility of the homeowner, yet many well owners are uncertain about how to keep up with water well maintenance. NGWA recommends that all private well owners inform themselves on well maintenance, and use qualified water well system professionals to conduct detailed inspections and service.

The new water well maintenance guidance located under’s “maintenance” menu tab, titled Well Owner Maintenance Practices, will help well owners better know when a professional inspection or service is needed, said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens.

“With this new guidance, household well owners can do their part to observe and possibly detect maintenance issues that need attention,” Treyens said. “Catching a small problem early can prevent a bigger, more costly problem later. Not only is this a matter of cost and convenience, good maintenance can protect the quality of your drinking water and your family’s health.”

The new guidance covers topics including:

  • Understanding your well system;
  • What you can do to monitor your well’s performance;
  • Wellhead;
  • Well system components;
  • Other equipment;
  • Indicators of when to have a well evaluated by a professional;
  • General considerations for groundwater protection; and
  • Shared wells.

Other useful information on includes water well basics, water quality and quantity, water testing, finding a contractor, and lessons and webinars.

Source: National Ground Water Assn.