How to Protect Your Commercial Well

It is not uncommon to find businesses in rural areas to be operating on a well system for their water supply. In most cases, the well construction is very similar to residential wells and so are the responsibilities of being a well owner.

Commercial Well Owners Responsibilities
As a responsible well owner, you need to carry out a regular well maintenance program. Taking care of your well is a three-step process:

  • Protect your well water at the ground surface by avoiding, eliminating, and reducing contaminants
  • Inspect your well regularly and keep your well in good running order
  • Test your well water regularly and respond to contamination problems. The below link will show you how to examine your well and property to reduce risks to your groundwater.

Download our Well Aware Booklet

What Can Go Wrong With a Commercial Well?
One of the biggest risks in some commercial applications is the risk of backflow from cleaning products or chemicals. These may be connected to the buildings water supply and used to power wash or rinse parts off as well as any number of different applications that may take place in a commercial setting. In most municipalities, businesses connected to municipal water supplies are required by law to have a backflow prevention device installed and tested regularly to prevent cross contamination. However, this is not a requirement on commercial wells. The problem with this is that the chances of backflow are greater on a well system then a municipal water system, as a simple pin hole leak in a well line or the failure of a foot valve will cause the water inside the commercial building to drain back into the well, drawing chemicals from equipment that may be connected.

How to Protect Your Commercial Well
As per the Ministry of Environment and Regulation 903, the well owner can be held responsible for any problems that may occur do to neglecting their responsibilities as a commercial well owner. It is the responsibility of the well owner to ensure that the risk of contaminating their own well as well as other wells in the area are eliminated and monitored. The Well Aware Booklet linked above, will help guide you through the necessary steps to ensure that well water is being protected as best as possible.

Although a backflow device is not a requirement, it is an excellent preventative measure. For more advice on backflow prevention, contact your backflow experts at Plumbway at 905-574-3456.