Important Rural Water Supply Information for New Homebuyers

For many people, owning a place in the country is the ultimate dream. You may imagine yourself taking scenic drives and enjoying the open fields far away from the busy hustle of city life. Unfortunately, it can be a little disconcerting in reality, as there are some significant differences between rural and city life. Your water supply is probably the most important difference, so here we will explore what you need to know before you sign on the dotted line for your new rural home.

Private Water Wells

If you’re used to living in the city, you’ll be aware that your water travels from a municipal central system. The water is treated and passed through underground pipes to your home. In the country, it is more likely that you’ll have a well water supply. A well is drilled on the property, and a casing is installed in the ground. A permeable screen is set into the water bearing sand at the bottom of the well. This screen will allow water to enter the well, but prevents the sand from entering the water. Water is then pumped from the well to the surface, so it can be stored in a pressure tank to supply your home.

Although this is likely to provide you with all the water you need in your new home, you will also be responsible for ensuring the water is safe and clean. Unlike municipal supplies that are regulated by the EPA, private well owners are responsible for monitoring their own supply.

Water Testing Important Rural Water Supply Information for New Homebuyers

As a private well owner, you’ll need to test your water supply regularly. While city water has been treated to remove any unwanted materials or potentially harmful bacteria, this is not the case with a private well. Your water is coming straight out of the ground, so it may contain bacteria, sulfur, natural gas, iron or even E.coli. This means that you need to have your water tested at least once a year to ensure that it is safe to drink. Although there are testing kits available, you’ll need to follow specific instructions to take proper samples. Some homeowners prefer to call a water treatment specialist to ensure that thorough and accurate testing is performed.

Dealing With Contaminants

If your water tests reveal contaminants, you’ll need to address these water quality issues. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of domestic water treatment options available to correct any water quality issues. An experienced water treatment technician can tailor your water system to the specific contaminants in your water supply. This may involve pre-filters to remove sediment, chlorinators to combat bacteria, iron filters, and softeners. If you have very poor quality water, you may need to consider a reverse osmosis system that can remove 99.9% of contaminants and improve the taste of your water.

If you’re thinking about buying a rural property and would like to explore your water treatment options, you should speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified specialist can test your water supply and guide you through the treatment options that meet the industry standards to ensure your water is clean and safe.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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