Household Wells

Do you get your water from an individual private well?

If you do, you need to make sure the water from your well is clean and uncontaminated.

Many people assume that because their water comes from a well or a spring, it is safe to drink. But this is not necessarily the case.

Properly protecting your well is the best way to make sure you and your family's health is safe.

How do I protect my household well?

The EPA’s private wells video shows a number of different sources of contamination that could affect your well, for example, animals grazing close to your well, or chemicals being stored close to your well.  

The EPA have a Protect your Well web application that will bring you through a step-by-step process of assessing if your well is properly protected against contamination. The App also shows you some things you can do if your well is not properly protected.

The EPA recommend that you test your well water at least once a year to check your water quality.

Our Take Action section has more information on how to test your well and what to do if your well is contaminated.

If you have more questions on your household well, visit our FAQs section

Your Local Authority will also be able to advise you on the specific protection your own well might need.