Identify Potential Sources of Contamination in Your Community

In addition to the area near your drinking water well, you should be aware of other possible sources of contamination that may already be present in your community or may be moving into the area.

Consult a local expert to find out the physical and chemical properties of the groundwater you rely on and the presence of any potential drinking water contaminants. Such experts may include, but are not limited to:

  • Local health department officials
  • State environmental agency officials
  • Agricultural extension agents
  • Nearby public water system officials
  • Local professional geologists and civil engineers

Find out about existing and proposed facilities that may pollute your drinking water. Check your Florida local paper for announcements or call your planning or zoning commission to find hearings or zoning appeals on development, construction or industrial projects. Attend these hearings, planning meetings, or zoning appeals. Ask questions to ensure your drinking water will be protected during construction and operation of a facility. Make sure the project has plans for managing stormwater and any wastewater it might produce. Request the project’s environmental impact statement to confirm it includes a review of drinking water sources.

How to get the most out of your water pump?

Having your own well system has its advantages over using the municipal water supply. The main one being lower monthly costs of having fresh clean water easily accessible in your home. With these benefits comes the responsibility of also having more technology to maintain and repair to keep a clean water supply running through your faucets. From major issues of a shallow well pumps to the more common...

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