8 Interesting Facts About Water Wells

April 19 2016

The planning and digging of water wells is a fascinating process, and there are also water well-related facts that most people seem unaware of. So here are some interesting well-related facts.

Although the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulates public water systems, the agency doesn't regulate privately owned water wells. That is why it's important to have your water well tested regularly for water quality.
All private wells are used to access ground water. Over 15 million households in the U.S have private wells.
Polluted groundwater can cause illnesses that affect the stomach and other parts of the body. This was a common problem with wells in the past, with well water being the cause of all sort of gastrointestinal problems. Modern day well water testing helps to keep the people in your home safe from contaminated water.
There are three ways to dig a well: digging, driving, and drilling. A dug well is dug by hand through soft soil to reach a shallow water table. A driven well is created by driving a pipe small in diameter into soft soil. A drilled well is created using a drill rig. These rigs can go as far as 1,000 feet below the earth's surface.
If you've ever thought about renting a machine to drill your own well, think again. Not just anyone can drill a well. Performing well drilling requires training, the right equipment, and a license to operate the equipment.
About 25% of the water that falls in the U.S annually becomes groundwater.
Wells typically never run dry. A water well can last at least a few decades.
The location to drill depends on many factors, including the soil content and the location of underground wires. A professional well driller will use high tech tools such as water finding equipment to do their job. It takes a professional to determine the perfect place to dig or drill a well.

A lot of thought and preparation goes into digging a well, and all of these facts are important to doing the job right.