Working in well drilling throughout Rockingham County, VA, we get a lot of questions about water. Whether you currently have a well or want to get well drilling done for you property, you probably have a lot of questions too. With that in mind, here are 3 common FAQ’s about water answered.

Where Does My Water Come From?

The drinking water that comes to our homes is from either:

  • Surface water– the water that collects in streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs
  • Ground water– the water located below ground where it collects in pores and spaces within rocks

When we’re talking about wells, Burner Well Drilling obtains ground water by drilling wells and pumping it to the surface. On the other hand, public water systems provide water from both surface and ground water for public use. Water treatment systems are either government or privately-held facilities that withdraw water from the source, treat it, and deliver it to our homes. Ground water systems also do withdraw and deliver water, but do not always treat it.
A private well, like the ones we make for our customers, uses ground water as its water source. When you are the owner of a private well and other individual water systems, you are responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants. If you need help with that, please visit CDC’s Private Wells page.

How Do Germs and Chemicals Get into My Water?

You’re right to be concerned whether your water is safe or not. In fact, there can be many sources of contamination of our water systems. Here is a list of the most common sources:

  • Naturally occurring chemicals and minerals– like arsenic, radon, and uranium
  • Land Use Practices– like fertilizers, pesticides, livestock, and concentrated animal feeding operations
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Sewer Overflow
  • Malfunctioning Wastewater Treatment Systems– like nearby septic systems

The good news is that many contaminants that pose known human health risks are regulated by the EPA.  They make sure that ground water meets certain standards, so you can be sure that high levels of contaminants are not in your water. Though, if you’re worried, don’t hesitate to see about a maintenance check to make sure everything is functioning properly.

What If My Water Looks, Tastes, or Smells Funny?

When it comes to well drilling, a change in your water’s taste, color, or smell may not necessarily pose a health concern. However, sometimes changes can be a sign of problems. If you notice a change in your water, you should call you public water system company.
If you want to test your water, your local health department can assist in explaining any tests that you need for various contaminants. If your local health department is not able to help, contact a state certified laboratory to perform the test. To find a state certified laboratory in your area, you can call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or check out the EPA’s State Certified Drinking Water Laboratories list.

Want More Help?

When your well needs service or you have any questions, make the effort to find a qualified water well drilling contractor in Rockingham County, VA. We offer fast, reliable drilling of water wells. We also provide water system engineering and pump installation. Our family-owned company is licensed, insured, and has been building dependable water systems for home, farm, industry and municipality since 1961. Whatever your water-supply need, we have the expertise and specialized expertise and specialized equipment to meet it promptly and effectively. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.