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What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Having Well Water?

Updated July 19, 2017

Homeowners who live in towns without municipal water lines have no choice but to use well water. Those with town water may dig a well to have extra water for supplemental purposes, such as gardening and lawn maintenance.

No Water Bills

One of the biggest advantages of private well water is if the well is the sole source of water for your home, you will not have a water bill. The amount of water you draw isn't tracked by a meter.

Water Bans

Depending on your community's regulations, well water may not be subject to the same water bans and restrictions as municipal water. Check with your local water department or municipal office to learn if any well water restrictions apply to your area.

No Chlorine

Unlike municipal water from your city or town, well water is not treated with chlorine before it reaches your home. The water may contain harmful compounds that have leeched into the ground or just contain too much of certain elements, such as iron, which can discolour your laundry and bathroom fixtures.

Little Fluoride

Well water may not contain enough fluoride, which is added to municipal water to help with dental health. Test your well water to check the fluoride level and be sure to tell your paediatrician and dentist if you, or especially your children, do not receive fluoride from home drinking water.

No Water Without Electricity

Most modern wells use an electric pump to draw the water up from the ground and send it to a small holding tank. If the power goes out, the pump stops. Your only water will be what's left in the tank, which may not be full when the power outage occurs.

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Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.