FIX WATER WELL CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS - CONTENTS: How to fix contaminated wells: Sources of ground water pollution of drinking water & wells, Health concerns about water pollution, Levels of risk due to water contaminants, Steps to improve well water safety, Protecting ground water, How to correct ground water contamination
How to Fix Well Water Contamination Problems Immediately
If you find that your well water is polluted, fix the problem as soon as possible. You may need to disinfect your water have a new well drilled, re plumb or repair your system. Consider hooking into a nearby community water system (if one is available).
If you have a new well drilled or connect to a community water system, the old well must be closed properly. Consult "local experts" for help.
Procedures for Dealing with Well Contaminants
[See these (non-EPA) step by step guides to correcting problems with well water:
The EPA's "disinfect your water" refers not to
simply temporary disinfection by "shocking" your well, but more likely to installing equipment to treat the water to assure that it is sanitary.
Dealing with a Persistent Well Contaminant Source
If there is a persistent source of well contamination which you are not able to eliminate (such as by repairing a groundwater leak into a well casing),
then the choices are either drill a new well or treat the existing water supply to remove the contaminant.
You might consider installing a water treatment device to remove impurities. Information about treatment devices can be obtained from the following
Water Quality Association
P.O. Box 606
4151 Naperville Road
Lisle, IL 60532
National Sanitation Foundation
P.O. Box 130140
789 N Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48113-0140
(734) 769-8010, (800) NSF-MARK
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(to visit in person)
Office of Water Resource Center
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Ariel Rios Building
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 260-7786 Monday through Friday,
except federal holidays,
8:30AM - 4:30PM ET E-mail address:
There are many home water treatment devices. Different types remove different pollutants or impurities. No one device does it all. Also, you must carefully maintain your home treatment device so your water stays safe. For more information, get a copy of EPA's pamphlet, "Home Water Treatment Units" from the U.S. EPA Resource Center or call the Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
The water pollution and testing material in this article series describes types of activities in your area that can create threats to your water supply.
It also describes problems to look for and offers maintenance suggestions. Sources for more information and help are also listed. [Editing for clarity by DF are marked by brackets or italics] Initial Source: EPA 816-K-02-003 January 2002
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well pump leaked oil into the well bore - water smells
(Feb 5, 2012) email@example.com said:
I reciently had my well pump go bad, and in the process it leaked all the lubricating oil from the pump into the well. Basicly the bottom of the pump disintegrated, it has been in service since the 70's Is there any way to fix/repair/remove the contaminate? I replaced the pump but smell oil in the water now, is this a health issue I whould worry about?
In my OPINION you sure don't want to be drinking oil-contaminated well water. It could take quite some time and waste a lot of water (and contaminate your piping and water tank) to try to flush the oil out just through your new well pump; if you can't get rid of the odor after running water for an hour or so you might try calling a local well driller to see if they have a more powerful pump that can be used to get ahead of the well flow rate into your well - basically pumping the well out completely once or twice.
Check with your local health department and water testing lab to see if they recommend adding a non-toxic (food-grade) oil dispersant that can help remove oil from the well, but
Watch out: common oil dispersants such as Corexit used by the oil industry are themselves highly toxic and should not be inserted into a drinking water source.
See CRUDE OIL & DISPERSANT EXPOSURE
After pump-out is completed, and after you've emptied your water tank and refilled it with clean water, and flushed your system piping, I recommend taking a water sample to your local water test lab to check water potability as well as to check for oil products.
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