We live on 6 acres in the country. Our water currently comes from a 40 foot bored well that has been tested by the county health department and found to be contaminated with coliform and e-coli bacteria. Coliform is relatively harmless but e-coli can be dangerous if not lethal. Chemical or mechanical remediation is possible but not acceptable to the health department as there is no guarantee that the bacteria will not return at any time. The only safe and acceptable solution is to drill a new well; a drilled well instead of a bored well. Bored wells are no longer done as they can easily become contaminated by surface water as ours has done. Drilled wells go much deeper to subterranean water where there is not enough oxygen to allow bacteria to grow.
I have researched well drilling and well drilling companies and have learned that the cost for drilling is calculated by the foot; the deeper you have to go, the more it will cost. I have called all my neighbors and friends nearby to get an average on what the depth of drilled wells are in this area to obtain clean water. It appears that the average well depth in our part of the country would run about $3000.00 for drilling and about $2000.00 for permits, hardware, other labor and inspections.
I am especially concerned about our water quality as I am currently undergoing infusion treatments with a drug called Remicade for a GI disorder. The treatments are working fine but for an unfortunate side effect of compromising my immune system. Contracting an e-coli infection would be, to put it mildly, a very bad thing.
That is not my only concern, however. If you look at my photo, you will see the three most precious things in my life, my wife and two daughters. They are running the same risk as I am with contaminated water. Not only that, the people next door share our well and the house is operated as a Family Group Home. This is where adults, who cannot completely care for themselves, for a multitude of reasons, live together under the direct supervision of a caregiver. They have enough problems living life day-to-day without the complication of the risk of becoming sick from dirty water.
Right now, we are following proper procedures to chemically and mechanically treat our water and I check the system every day but that can never be enough. What we are doing now can never completely cure the problem; we have to have a new well.
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