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Old 08-24-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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There appear to be four water suppliers for the Town of Bedford. How does one know which source supplies to which homes?

Also, can someone explain to me how well water works, for those homes that have wells in this area? Is the water supplied by the town? I've seen some house listings with 'private well' under the water source. How would a homeowner keep their private well filled?

Finally, are any of the homes in the Town of Bedford supplied with anything other than well water? If so, what is it and where does it come from?

Thank you!
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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Well water is the ground water under your property which is pumped up into your house. The water is sourced at depths of around at least 100 feet (more many times) into the earth. No one fills it for you -- it's naturally occurring, and you own it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Is there an actual well (or some other container) holding the water then?

The Town of Bedford has been sending out a lot of letters about the new water system. And I'll have to say, our water is much better (at least for washing dishes) than it was since they changed it. Would this be the same water that people with wells have?
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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Is there an actual well (or some other container) holding the water then?

The Town of Bedford has been sending out a lot of letters about the new water system. And I'll have to say, our water is much better (at least for washing dishes) than it was since they changed it. Would this be the same water that people with wells have?
For a domestic well, water is pumped into a air pressurized holding tank in your basement. The tank feeds the rest of the house. As water is used the pressure in the tank goes down. At a certain pressure the well kicks in refilling the tank. It shuts off when a preset perssure is reached. In northern Westchester everybody has wells. You can't really tell that you're not on city water.

You should ask the town specifically what they did. But if it's from well(s) then it's the same groundwater that everybody else has. Maybe they filter or treat it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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They made a big deal about some treatment facility. Somehow I was left with the impression that most of Bedford was served by this facility, but I'm not sure. Will call them and ask.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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Is there an actual well (or some other container) holding the water then?

The Town of Bedford has been sending out a lot of letters about the new water system. And I'll have to say, our water is much better (at least for washing dishes) than it was since they changed it. Would this be the same water that people with wells have?
This leads me to believe that you're served by a community water supply. It could either be a community well, or town/city water drawn from a reservoir of some sort. A local water company probably regularly checks and treats the water supply as needed. If you were on a private well (I.e. A water source that you personally own, located hundreds of feet below your land), you would not be receiving notification from the town or a private water company that they changed or somehow treated your water. As a private well owner, you'd be the only one who could do such a thing
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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This leads me to believe that you're served by a community water supply. It could either be a community well, or town/city water drawn from a reservoir of some sort. A local water company probably regularly checks and treats the water supply as needed. If you were on a private well (I.e. A water source that you personally own, located hundreds of feet below your land), you would not be receiving notification from the town or a private water company that they changed or somehow treated your water. As a private well owner, you'd be the only one who could do such a thing
It is community water supply, we are in CWD1 (see right side of page here): http://www.bedfordny.gov/html/pdf/water/WQR.pdf

What I'm trying to understand is how does water get from the 4 wells mentioned under CWD1 to our house, or any house supplied by this district? Are there underground pipes? Who maintains those pipes?
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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Underground pipes. As far as maintenance of the pipes, I'm not really sure what you mean? If you're talking about repairing breaks in the pipes, I would imagine if a split or break happens on your property, you would probably have to pay for repairs. Not sure though. Is there a telephone number, or name of water company, on the notice you received?
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