Construct new well, or UV treat existing?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by PK, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. PK

    PK New Member

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    I realized after posting my previous comment that it might sound argumentative, and I certainly didn't mean for it to be. I meant it as a sincere question without any bias intended.

    I appreciate all the viewpoints and advice and am learning from all of them. Thanks for the input.
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Apples to oranges. Removing the bacteria is a band-aid because preventing it from getting into the well should be the first recourse. There is nothing that you could do to prevent iron, sulfur, hardness, or other contaminants from entering the water so for those there is no other recourse.
  3. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    He does not have iron, sulfur, or hardness with his current well, but he would with a new deep well. That is the tradeoff he is pointing out.

    I wonder if some surface barrier, such as a concrete pad or even a plastic sheet, would keep the rain water out of the annular space around his well could help. Maybe even some land contouring could get the water flowing away and not being allowed to stand around the bore.
  4. PK

    PK New Member

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    That's it exactly -- thanks for saying it better than I have.
  5. akcooper9

    akcooper9 New Member

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    How do you know you'll have iron, sulfur or hardness from a new well?

    Example: Two houses down from me has iron bad but the neighbors on either side of me and including me have none...
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    That still does not change the fact that it is apples to oranges. Problems such as bacterial contamination should be mitigated as close as possible to their source. If you knowingly allow it into the aquifer, you risk contaminating neighboring wells and could be exposed to litigation.
  7. craigpump

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    Look at it from a buyers standpoint, would you buy a house with a known bacteria problem?

    In this market, most buyers would say no.

    I'd like to add that you have a moral obligation to plug that properly well. Once an aquifer becomes contaminated with bacteria it never goes away, and that can affect many people and their families.......
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
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