Water Well FAQs

Q: How do I apply for a water well permit?

A: Private water wells are required by law to be be applied for by a licensed Well Driller. We will apply for the permit and are familiar with all of the required application elements.

Q: How could pollutants get into my water supply?

A: (1) Well located too close to pollution source (ie. septic tank). (2) Entry beneath where pump base is attached or beneath the pump itself. (3) Airborne debris entering via the annular space (between the borehole wall and the well casing).

Q: How could my well get contaminated?

A: The well's defenses against contamination are its surface sanitary seal, annular seal, and well casing.

If the annular seal is too shallow, the casing ruptured, or the surface seal broken by holes or missing gaskets, contaminants can enter the well or if a well is located too close to a source of contaminants, these may enter through one of these routes or percolate down through the ground, and enter the well at depth.

Q: What to do about a flooded well?

A: During heavy rains or floods, if flood waters or debris are observed around your well casing, the well water becomes cloudy or muddy, or the water tastes "off," your well may have become contaminated. You should check you well's surface sealing characteristics and flush and disinfect the well immediately. Contaminated wells may contain waterborne disease bacteria.

Q: How do I go about sampling my water?

A: Well water quality depends on many factors including: soil and rock types, local land uses, and well type. Well water quality can change over time; so make sure yours is safe to drink. Insure accuracy of results by using licensed private well samplers, labs, and interpreters.

Drink Safe: State of Rhode Island, Dept. of Health; Well Testing information is here.

If you have any concerns about well systems, give us a call at (401) 397-3772 or drop us an email at riwell@cox.net