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4 Differences Between City Water and Well Water

Sinking your own well on your property can seem like an enormous project, but it can be worth it in terms of the quality of water and—in many situations—the lowered costs. Here are four differences between city water and well water.

1. Well Water Doesn't Come With Added Treatment Chemicals

The slight chlorine flavor that often comes with city water can be attributed to the disinfection process, which often uses chlorine or chloramine to ensure that no harmful bacteria will remain when the water is piped into residents' homes. Well water, however, doesn't have these added chemicals, so you won't have to put up with the chemical flavor or filter all your drinking water to get rid of these treatments.

2. You're Responsible for All Water Testing and Other Treatments

While many families see the lack of treatment chemicals in their well water as a positive feature rather than negative, it does come with the added responsibility to make sure your well water is safe to drink. Because you're the well owner, you're responsible for the output of your private well, meaning that there's nobody else looking after the water quality, unlike a city water system.
This means that you'll need to send away for lab testing annually to make sure that your well water's quality remains high. It also means that if any problems are detected, you'll have to shoulder the responsibility of getting treatments in place.
Chemical pollution and bacterial infiltration of the well water aren't the only reasons you'd need treatment, either; there are some problems, such as hard water, that could put your plumbing system in danger even if the water is safe to drink.

3. Well Water Can Be More Cost-Efficient

Despite having to shoulder the cost of maintenance and testing, you're likely to find that well water is less expensive in the long-term than city water is. To verify that this holds true in your situation, you'll want to compare your annual water bill against the annual cost of well operation and maintenance. Include factors such as:
  • The estimated amount of electricity needed to run your well pump for the year
  • The cost of having your water tested each year
  • The cost of any water treatments likely to apply to water in your area
Some families find that because of added expenses, such as drinking water treatments and wastewater treatment, the cost of well water can rise considerably. This is why it's a good idea to have the water on your property tested before you decide to install a well so that you can get an idea of whether or not you'll need to have costly water treatments in place.

4. Well Water Is Often a More Eco-Friendly Option

Although well pumps use electricity for pressurization, there are several aspects in which the private well option can be more eco-friendly than city water. For example, you have the option to power your pump with a renewable energy source such as solar power.
Another reason well water is more eco-friendly is because the water from your own well is local, whereas municipal water systems often source water from as far away as several hundred miles. Not only does this mean added transportation infrastructure, such as building aqueducts, but moving large amounts of water away from its natural channels can have a negative effect on the environment in other ways.
Whether you're looking for the opportunity to have a well drilled and install your own well pump or you'd like more information about well water treatments available, get in touch with Moss Well Drilling, Inc. today by calling 574-699-6773.