Posted on: 5 August 2017
When there is already groundwater available on your farm, there is no need to pay money for city-supplied water to maintain your crops and feed your animals. Even though having your own primary water system for farm use definitely has its obvious advantages, this also means that you become responsible for the maintenance of all parts of this system. This sounds daunting, but if you get familiar with a few of the main processes, you can ensure your well water system is good to go for the long haul. Check out these three water system maintenance tips that can take you a long way toward being a responsible well owner.
1. Inspect the components of the water system frequently.
In a busy agricultural setting, one of the biggest problems with a private well water system is the fact that the system often gets neglected until there is an obvious problem that demands attention. One of the easiest ways you can prevent problems to start with is by performing a basic inspection of the water system components on a regular basis. For example, you should occasionally check on:
- the water holding tanks to ensure there are no present leaks
- signs of excess algae growth in water tanks
- the well pump to ensure it is functioning well and in the proper position
- water lines in livestock areas for signs of damage
2. Consistently evaluate your water usage and flow needs.
It is always better if you can anticipate your water usage changes from month to month because this allows you to adjust your well pump, open up extra holding tanks, and run more lines if necessary. The more you know about your water usage needs, the more confident you will feel in your well water system. So keep a record of a general estimate of how much water you use during specific months of the year. The following year, you can use this information to plan and adjust, but also keep tabs on potential leaks if your storage tank levels are lower than they should be.
3. Have your water tested for contaminants regularly.
Unhealthy water can wreak havoc on your farm, causing problems with sick animals and even destroying your crops. Therefore, water quality tests will be a huge part of maintaining your private well water system. You can do this on your own with water quality testing supplies, but it is often preferred to have a well contractor, such as from Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning, tackle this job so you get the most accurate results.Share