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wellcare® Info Sheets

Taking good care of your water well is essential to ensuring your home has a consistent supply of high quality drinking water.  In fact, your family’s health depends on proper well maintenance and regularly testing your well and septic system to ensure there are no contaminants so you always have a safe supply of drinking water.

The Water Systems Council has developed a complete library of wellcare® information sheets to educate well owners about the basics of their well system, the importance of water well maintenance, keeping good records, well testing and understanding your results, and how to protect and conserve your water supply for years to come. These wellcare® information sheets can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and printed below.

Please note: Our information sheets are dated for publishing purposes only. We do our best to keep our publications up to date, however, some resource links may no longer work. If you find information or a resource with a broken link, please contact Charlene Bean for assistance.


Agricultural Best Management Practices Information Sheets

Proper Use and Disposal of Pesticides and Fertilizers - pdf (82.0 KiB)
Protecting Groundwater by Managing Animal Waste - pdf (75.0 KiB)
Protecting Groundwater through Agricultural Best Management Practices - pdf (75.6 KiB)
Protecting Groundwater through Proper Petroleum Storage Practices on the Farm - pdf (69.3 KiB)

Basic Well Information Sheets

Determining Static Water Level in a Well - pdf (79.4 KiB)
Determining the Depth of a Well - pdf (75.0 KiB)
Determining the Yield of a Well - pdf (76.7 KiB)
Selecting a Well Contractor - pdf (97.0 KiB)
Sizing a Pressure Tank - pdf (1.1 MiB)
Sizing a Well Pump - pdf (109.0 KiB)
Well Contractors - Pressure Tank Pre-charge - pdf (135.6 KiB)
Wells - pdf (654.8 KiB)
Where Your Water Comes From - pdf (183.6 KiB)
Your Septic System - pdf (201.9 KiB)

Component Information Sheets

Well Components: Pressure Switches - pdf (203.8 KiB)
Well Components: Valves - pdf (210.7 KiB)
Well Components: Your Pitless Adapter - pdf (202.6 KiB)
Well Components: Your Well Cap - pdf (202.1 KiB)
Well Components: Your Well Casing - pdf (202.0 KiB)
Well Components: Your Well Pump - pdf (202.5 KiB)
Well Components: Your Well Tank - pdf (202.4 KiB)

For Environmental Health Specialists

Environmental Health Specialists - Inspecting a Well - pdf (562.5 KiB)
Environmental Health Specialists - Sealing a Well - pdf (493.0 KiB)
Environmental Health Specialists - Septic Systems - pdf (320.2 KiB)

For Healthcare Professionals

Drinking Water & Pregnancy - pdf (218.3 KiB)
PPCPs and Drinking Water - pdf (248.8 KiB)
Testing Well Water - pdf (703.9 KiB)

For Home Inspectors

Home Inspectors Guide to Evaluating Water Wells - pdf (3.4 MiB)
Tips For Your Clients/Customers - pdf (71.4 KiB)
Well Inspection Checklist - pdf (47.2 KiB)

For Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals - Buying or Selling a Home with a Well - pdf (128.1 KiB)
Renting a Home with a Well - pdf (135.3 KiB)
Renting a Home with a Well (Spanish) - pdf (104.1 KiB)

Maintaining Your Well Information Sheets

Coping with Low Water Levels - pdf (100.9 KiB)
Drought and Your Well - pdf (102.3 KiB)
Emergencies & Disasters and Wells - pdf (172.3 KiB)
Frequently Asked Technical Questions - pdf (191.8 KiB)
Managing a Flooded Well - pdf (124.7 KiB)
Protecting Your Pipes and Well System From Freezing - pdf (723.6 KiB)
Protecting Your Well - pdf (65.0 KiB)
Protecting Your Wellhead - pdf (156.4 KiB)
Well Maintenance - pdf (120.3 KiB)
Wells and Fire Protection - pdf (31.3 KiB)
Wells: What to Do When the Power Fails - pdf (107.6 KiB)
What to Do If the Well Runs Dry - pdf (104.2 KiB)
Wildfires and Wells - pdf (85.5 KiB)
Winterizing and De-winterizing Your Well - pdf (1.1 MiB)

Other Information Sheets

A Shared Well Agreement - pdf (156.2 KiB)
Buying a Home with a Well - pdf (87.3 KiB)
Buying a Home with a Well (French) - pdf (61.0 KiB)
Buying a Home with a Well (Spanish) - pdf (128.0 KiB)
Caring for a Cistern - pdf (81.0 KiB)
Closing an Abandoned Well - pdf (30.2 KiB)
Dillon's Rule - pdf (83.0 KiB)
Ground Water Withdrawals - pdf (52.8 KiB)
Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act - pdf (89.2 KiB)
Sharing a Well - pdf (166.6 KiB)
Water Conservation - pdf (815.9 KiB)
Well Water and Children's Health - pdf (192.8 KiB)
Well Water and Individuals With Compromised Immune Systems - pdf (151.9 KiB)
When is a Well a Public Water System? - pdf (152.6 KiB)
Who Owns the Water? - pdf (34.4 KiB)

Potential Groundwater Contaminant Information Sheets

Arsenic & Well Water - pdf (94.9 KiB)
Bacteria & Well Water - pdf (158.2 KiB)
Bacteria & Well Water (French) - pdf (60.2 KiB)
Bacteria & Well Water (Spanish) - pdf (81.9 KiB)
Barium & Groundwater - pdf (406.0 KiB)
Benzene & Groundwater - pdf (63.1 KiB)
Chlorine Disinfectants & Their Byproducts - pdf (70.7 KiB)
Chromium & Groundwater - pdf (60.2 KiB)
Copper in Drinking Water - pdf (68.5 KiB)
Emerging Water Contaminants - pdf (83.7 KiB)
Fluoride & Well Water - pdf (92.0 KiB)
Hardness in Drinking Water - pdf (32.4 KiB)
Iron & Well Water - pdf (85.1 KiB)
Iron Bacteria & Well Water - pdf (106.5 KiB)
Lead & Well Water - pdf (204.3 KiB)
Lead & Well Water (Spanish) - pdf (137.1 KiB)
Manganese & Well Water - pdf (89.5 KiB)
Mercury - pdf (31.9 KiB)
Methane Gas & Groundwater - pdf (99.9 KiB)
MTBE - pdf (29.8 KiB)
Nitrate and Nitrite & Well Water - pdf (139.4 KiB)
Nitrate and Nitrite & Well Water (Spanish) - pdf (82.7 KiB)
Perchlorate - pdf (29.4 KiB)
Pesticides - pdf (33.9 KiB)
PFAS & Well Water - pdf (163.3 KiB)
pH in Drinking Water - pdf (57.8 KiB)
Radium & Groundwater - pdf (61.6 KiB)
Radon & Well Water - pdf (71.3 KiB)
Sediment & Well Water - pdf (107.3 KiB)
Sodium & Groundwater - pdf (63.2 KiB)
Strontium & Well Water - pdf (165.5 KiB)
Sulfur & Groundwater - pdf (58.0 KiB)
Tannins & Groundwater - pdf (71.2 KiB)
TCE (Trichloroethylene) & Groundwater - pdf (61.2 KiB)
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) - pdf (85.2 KiB)
Turbidity & Well Water - pdf (92.2 KiB)
Uranium & Groundwater - pdf (62.8 KiB)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) & Groundwater - pdf (77.7 KiB)
Zinc & Well Water - pdf (118.8 KiB)

Well Water Testing & Treatment Information Sheets

Disinfecting Your Well - pdf (156.4 KiB)
Disinfecting Your Well (French) - pdf (75.0 KiB)
Disinfecting Your Well (Spanish) - pdf (245.1 KiB)
Testing Water for Gardening and Lawn Irrigation - pdf (113.4 KiB)
Understanding Well Water Test Results - pdf (160.8 KiB)
Water Treatment - pdf (201.3 KiB)
Well Water Testing - pdf (207.2 KiB)
What You Need to Know if You Are Told to Boil Your Drinking Water - pdf (81.1 KiB)

wellcare® Booklets

Home Inspectors Guide to Evaluating Water Wells - pdf (3.4 MiB)

wellcare® Information Brochures

A Homeowner's Guide To Your Well - pdf (1.2 MiB)
A Quick Guide for Well Owners (also includes fillable contact section within PDF before printing) - pdf (1.0 MiB)
A Real Estate Agent's Guide To Buying or Selling Homes with Wells - pdf (1.5 MiB)
Well Water & Children's Health - pdf (232.9 KiB)
Well Water & Individuals with Compromised Immune Systems - pdf (6.0 MiB)
Well Water Testing - pdf (3.1 MiB)
wellcare® Hotline - pdf (4.3 MiB)
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