- The TRUTH About America's Water
- Water Pollutants that Cause Illness
- Are Minerals in Water Important for Health?
- Top 5 Drinking Water Contaminants
- Do I Need a Whole House Water Filter?
- Do You Need Softened Water for Your Home?
- Water Filtration or Purification – Key Differences
- Why do we need to remove chlorine from our whole house?
- Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?
- Top 5 Hard Water Problems for Homeowners
Private Wells Should Be Sited Far from Septic Tanks and Field Lines Page 2
What should not be flushed through a septic system?
- Cooking grease, oils, or fats
- Paints, paint thinners
- Disinfectants and other household chemicals
To protect your drinking water quality, locate your septic system and all potential contamination sources as far as possible from your well. Department of Health in many States requires that new septic tanks or human-waste lagoons to be installed at least 50 feet from a well. Septic tank drain fields must be at least 100 feet from a well. However, many health departments have different regulations so check your local health department for requirements applicable to your location. Although an existing septic system closer to a well may be safe, it is important to maintain these systems properly. Additionally, a septic system should also be far away from large trees and shrubs that can cause damage. State health laws also require all household wastewater, including sink, tub, shower, and wash water, to enter the septic system. Discharging household wastewater off your property violates state health laws. Before installing a new septic system, check with your county health department for any additional requirements.
As a general guidance, private wells which provide drinking water should have a minimum horizontal distance of 50 to 100 feet from such potential sources of groundwater contamination. It is recommended and sometimes required (depending on the state) that all wells providing drinking water be checked at least once a year for bacteria.
If a man’s home is his castle, then the surrounding land is his kingdom. It makes sense for people to care for their environment and nature in order to ensure that future generations will inherit a better world. Our planet is marvelous in its infinite beauty; the least we can do is to become a better caretaker!