Yakima County Water Well Maintenance Programs
Simple ongoing steps to maintain your well.
- An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
- Keep your well and pump records in a safe place, put them with your important papers or in a plastic bag and attach them to your pumping system.
- Keep all hazardous chemicals, fertilizer and pesticides away from your well.
- Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing ensuring a good seal.
- Keep the proper distance between your well and buildings, waste systems, or chemical storage facilities. Regulations are 50 feet from the Septic Tank, 100 feet Leach Field, Petroleum Tanks, Liquid-Tight Manure Storage and Fertilizer Storage and Handling,
- When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least 6 inches above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
- Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing or lid could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well.
- Do not pile leaves or other debris around your well.
- Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
- It is just as important to not attempt to work on your pump or well yourself, please call a qualified pump installer or a qualified well driller.
By using these 10 simple steps to maintaining your water well, you will insure both the safety of your family and your water well investment.