Buying a new home can be one of the most exciting and stressful decisions you will have to make. As with all big decisions, determining which house is best for you will require extensive amounts of planning, research and decision-making. There are common top priorities and standards the average person will look for in a new home- price, location, school district and so on. One aspect of a home that some often overlook throughout the decision-making process is the home’s water supply. If you have found the perfect new home for your family and then learn that it is run on private well water supply- what does this mean for your family?
The use of well water in a home certainly has its positives and negatives, some in which are included below. Remember that even if you have never lived in a home with well water, it may turn out to be the best decision for your family’s wellbeing. In fact, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 15% of Americans rely on personal well water for their homes. After doing your proper research, you may decide to join that fraction of American families.
- Save Money: Having a private well water supply in your home means that you will not have to pay public water bills. For many, this is a huge advantage and the number one reason to consider well water. You may have to spend some money to have your well water tested and checked, but this will generally cost less than a monthly bill. Even purchasing a water-monitoring device will be the most cost effective option.
- Healthier: Many homeowners believe that well water is the healthiest option for your family. Unlike the public water system, your water will not contain added preservatives and processed materials. Arguably, the natural minerals found in well water systems are the healthiest.
- Water Quality: Well water typically is cleaner and tastes better than public water. Again, staying natural, this type of water will not contain chlorine, which is sometimes used in public water systems following a storm.
- Maintenance: Although still typically lower in cost, having your own water supply does mean you are in control. Therefore, all maintenance and upkeep is up to you. Some families may view this as a positive or negative for their lifestyle. If you have well water and notice a problem with clogged toilets often, you might want to call someone to take a look.
- Added Requirements: Before planning to buy a home with well water, you will have to look into your state and county’s certain requirements. You may have to produce a permit among other things to operate your well system.
- Potential Hazards: Again, since you are in control, there may be added hazards with your own well water supply. Although very rare, there is always a slight chance your well could dry up- leaving your family without water. Similarly, often when your home loses power you will coincidentally lose water supply.
Again, with all big decisions, it is ultimately up to you and your family to weigh these pros and cons and more. While doing the proper research, be sure to educate yourself on what exactly you are looking for. The Public Health and Safety Organization offers tips and tricks for identifying the proper well water standards. Either way, this research and educating yourself will help you to make the most cost effective and healthiest decision for your family.