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Old 06-14-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: MA
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The house we are moving to has well water. We've never had anything but town water so we know nothing about it.
Are there filters we'll have to change? How often? How safe is the water? Does it need to be tested periodically?
Thanks for any info.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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Are you buying the home? If so, your home inspector should contact a water quality and quantity test for you and can talk with you about any maintenance needed for the water filtration system that's in place at the home.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Mass
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Sometimes the water is so clean you won't need filters.
Has the water been tested for drinking water?
This is what I would want to know.

Poland Springs
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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Not sure if I could this. I know it is totally irrational but I would probably go crazy with testing. Every time my kids get sick I would blame it on the well and send out another sample. :-)
I know I did not answer your question and did not want to make you feel bad. I am curious to see what the experts are suggesting.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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We have well water here in The Catskills...and it is fantastic...the best tasting water we ever had. No filter to change. Living here since 1998, with no major illnesses or teeth problems, kids and all. We cook with it, and drink it pure. It's clear as a bell to the human eye and it is so soft...no rusting out of pipes, and nice clean, fresh smelling clothes out of the washer. Not sure where in MA you are, but where about 20 miles from the border of NY/MA.

PS...our well pump did burn out...and it cost a little over $1000 to replace it. We also have a water storage tank (kicks on at 30 psi...off at 50 psi). You'll need that to give the pump a break...or it would run everytime you turn on the water.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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I figure if I have a well and can test it myself I feel more in control than leaving it to some town officials to test the public water system. Call me a skeptic!
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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Well has many pluses...
Don't have to worry about water ban.
Cheaper than MWRA water.
Can use as much as it will supply.
Cold water during the summer...


Minuses...
Hope your well do not run dry.
Maintenance...it is all you
Well water usually have many more mineral... hard water
owners on you to test it yearly... hope you don't use too much chemical on your lawn. high nitrate means... bacteria.
you pay for it via electricity to get water out.
If your well is contaminated... you're **** out of luck... no chance of selling.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Are you buying the home? .
No we are leasing it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: MA
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Not sure if I could this. I know it is totally irrational but I would probably go crazy with testing. Every time my kids get sick I would blame it on the well and send out another sample. :-)
I know I did not answer your question and did not want to make you feel bad. I am curious to see what the experts are suggesting.

I'm nervous about it too so I'm sure I'll be doing lots of my own testing. Right now we use a Brita filtered water pitcher so I'm sure we'll keep using that or upgrade to the other brand that supposedly works better. Our city water has a strong chlorine smell which the Brita seems to take care of. I'm looking forward to not having to deal with that at least.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Full time RV"er
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I'm nervous about it too so I'm sure I'll be doing lots of my own testing. Right now we use a Brita filtered water pitcher so I'm sure we'll keep using that or upgrade to the other brand that supposedly works better. Our city water has a strong chlorine smell which the Brita seems to take care of. I'm looking forward to not having to deal with that at least.
I was born and lived the first 32 yrs there in a home that had well water , no problems even with a large farm 107 acres across the road. best water i have ever tasted . Dad had a private co test it yearly. If you are leasing the home then to owner should provide you with the yearly test results as part of the lease. our well was 500 ft deep, I don't recall dad saying anything about it being costly to operate the pump. Only complaint was always that us 7 kids ate tooo much Ha, Ha .
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