Yakima County Water Well Maintenance Programs

Simple ongoing steps to maintain your well.

  1. An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
  2. Keep your well and pump records in a safe place, put them with your important papers or in a plastic bag and attach them to your pumping system.
  3. Keep all hazardous chemicals, fertilizer and pesticides away from your well.
  4. Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing ensuring a good seal.
  5. Keep the proper distance between your well and buildings, waste systems, or chemical storage facilities. Regulations are 50 feet from the Septic Tank, 100 feet Leach Field, Petroleum Tanks, Liquid-Tight Manure Storage and Fertilizer Storage and Handling,
  6. When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least 6 inches above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
  7. Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing or lid could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well.
  8. Do not pile leaves or other debris around your well.
  9. Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
  10. It is just as important to not attempt to work on your pump or well yourself, please call a qualified pump installer or a qualified well driller.

By using these 10 simple steps to maintaining your water well, you will insure both the safety of your family and your water well investment.