More than 13 million households nationwide depend on private wells for their drinking water supply (US Census American Housing Survey 2015). The WSC wellcare® Program helps well owners maintain their wells and ensure the quality of their well water supply as well as provide training and technical assistance to individuals and small communities to assess wells when making decisions about their drinking water systems.
We are the only national organization with programs solely focused on individual water wells and small water well systems. The wellcare® Program complements other drinking water programs, provides consumers served by wells with education and information services like those provided to customers of community water systems, stresses the importance of proper construction and regular testing and maintenance to ensure safe drinking water for well users, and provides decision-makers with information on wells.
The goals of the Water Systems Council’s wellcare® Program include:
To promote the wider use of wells – especially individual wells – nationwide.
To increase awareness among consumers and decision-makers that wells are viable, modern, cost-effective and safe drinking water systems.
To develop programs and services to provide individual well owners with access to maintenance, testing and monitoring services to assure a safe drinking water supply for them, their families and businesses.
To develop affordable, common-sense drinking water infrastructure projects that retain existing wells or include new wells in project designs eligible for federal funding programs.
To encourage community leaders, state and federal agencies and other policymakers to consider wells as affordable, viable alternatives for larger, centralized drinking water systems.
To create new financing programs – from both public and private sources – for well construction.
Well owners can access our toll free wellcare® Hotline at 888-395-1033 with questions on well care, testing and maintenance Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, as well as enroll online in our free wellcare® Well Owners Network to receive a monthly newsletter and other tools to help you continue to enjoy a safe, clean water supply for you and your family.