Group Says Water Well System Inspections, Inspector Qualifications Important

WESTERVILLE, OH –– A routine water well system inspection by a qualified inspector is vital to proper operation of the well, the well system’s life span, and to monitor the quality of the groundwater it supplies, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

NGWA’s new Water Well Systems Inspection Best Suggested Practice recommends that anyone hired to conduct a water well system inspection possess the following skills and experience:

• Knowledge of local, regional, state, and federal code and regulations relative to water well construction, well inspection, pump installation, electrical systems, groundwater quality, etc.;

• Safety protocol awareness for situations applicable to the work being conducted;

• Basic understanding of threats to drinking water quality, whether natural or related to human activity;

• Technical awareness of pump and related electrical systems.

The BSP also lists tasks a qualified inspector should perform including, but not limited to:

• Determining the water well use parameters such as its purpose, e.g., human consumption, irrigation, industrial; estimated groundwater usage per day; any known water quality issues;

• Visually inspecting wellhead to ensure proper siting;

• Visually and physically inspecting the water well system components including testing the pump, checking valves, and conducting electrical testing;

• Visually inspecting any other equipment such as pressure tanks, storage tanks, water heaters, softeners, and filtration equipment;

• Documenting for the well owner/ manager the system specifications observed, any suggested recommen­dations for remedial work, and a recommended schedule for future routine inspection, testing, cleaning, and rehabilitation.