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Groundwater: Evaluating Your Well Problems & Maintenance Tips

Summary: With so many causes potentially affecting the performance and upkeep of wells, the most important factor is gathering correct information before formulating solutions. The following article presents several steps in ensuring that a well is properly treated, tested and maintains its value to the owner for years to come.


There are all kinds of problems experienced in pumps and wells. Pump problems can be mechanical, electrical or system related, causing a reduction in yield or total breakdown. Well problems are often associated with:

1) a reduction in yield, caused by plugging of the screen or an open borehole from iron bacteria, slime bacteria, mineral scale, sand or silt infiltration, or debris in the well (Yields can also be affected by other pumping wells, or physical changes in the aquifer, i.e., a drop in static level or seismic activity.);

2) odors;

3) discoloration, and

4) corrosion caused by either water chemistry, galvanic activity, stray currents (AC or DC) or some forms of bacteria.

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