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Am I allowed to work on my private well?

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Are graves in a cemetery considered a potential threat to groundwater contamination and water safety in private wells?

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Are there any federal programs available to help finance the repair or replacement of household water wells for rural citizens?

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Are there any rules for sizing water pumps on private wells and springs with receiver basins or storage tanks?

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Are there laws requiring that I have my private water well tested before I can sell my house?

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Are there recommended site selection criteria for drilling private drinking water wells?

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Are there special Internet sites where I can find reliable scientific information about private water wells?

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Can copper be added to private drinking water sources of young cattle to offset the potential problem of too much dietary molybdenum (Mo) being taken in by animals grazing pastures where excessive Mo has been land-applied in wastewater or biosolids?

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Can hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking, hydro-fracking or hydrofracing) improve the water yield from my private well?

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Can I get a contractor to install a water supply well on my property if the minimum distance from sources of potential contamination cannot be met?

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Can I install the water storage tank for my private water system on its side?

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Can I use chlorinated water with my private home water system storage tank?

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Can my friend or I install a well pump for my private water system?

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Can the placement of a submersible well pump on a private water system reduce potential bacteria and sediment contamination of household water?

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Can water from a private drinking water well have a special taste or odor due to metal content?

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Do all states have construction codes for private water wells?

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Do home mortgage and lending institutions now require special well water analyses before approving loans for persons purchasing properties with private water systems?

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Do private well water supplies have greater risk for radon than municipal systems that use ground water?

19.-

Do water wells tend to go dry after a period of time?

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Does my private well water have bacteria if it smells bad, has a brown or black tint, and causes stains of the same color?

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How can I find out about drought cycles and their impacts on private water wells in my area?

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How can I protect my private water supply from contamination?

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How do I check or change the pre-charge pressure on my home water system storage tank?

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How do I get my drilled well deepened?

25.-

How do I prime the pump on my private well water system?

26.-

How do on-site septic systems contaminate private drinking water wells?

27.-

How do you fix a water-logged storage tank on a private well water system?

28.-

How does a pressure switch operate to control pumping cycle and storage tank pressure on my private water system?

29.-

How does a private well system actually work to supply water?

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How far should personal drinking water wells be sited from potential pollution sources such as a wastewater lagoon, landfill, and storage areas for petroleum products, manure, commercial fertilizers or hazardous chemicals?

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This website was developed by the ACES Water Quality Team, under the leadership of Dr. James E. Hairston. It is funded, in part, by USDA-CSREES water quality grant support under Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998.