If you live in a residential setting you probably give very little thought to how water reaches your home. We are spoiled in that we don’t really have to worry about how we get the many things that we need to our homes. In the olden days water was something that was not just delivered to your home, but an inconvenience that had to be transported both in and out. There are really only two different types of water systems that residential establishments use. Either they are linked to some municipal water supply, or they have their own, or shared, well.
What is a well?
A well is basically a hole that is dug into the earth to catch ground water. Although a simplistic definition, for all practical purposes, a well is a simple structure. Below the land’s surface there is something that is called the water shelf. If you have ever been to the beach and began to dig in the sand, you know that if you dig down deep water magically appears. That is not only the case at the beach, it is the same concept that applies to every where. The place where you reach the water shelf, however, depends on the region you live, the type of land that you have, and other obstacles such as rock or clay.
A new home either will be built into a municipality which means that the water will be supplied by a city or state run water system, or a well will be dug. Literally, a well is just a hole that is dug into the ground until water is reached. From there a pump is installed which delivers water to the surface, and ultimately, it supplies water to your home. The depth of the well is dependent upon where the house resides.
Why do we still use wells?
Wells are one of the earliest water systems on Earth. They used to be hand dug, which posed many potential hazards for those who worked in the water systems. When wells are hand dug there is the danger of it caving in on the workers who created them. Today we use more sophisticated machinery to do the work for us. The reason that wells are still a viable solution to our water needs is because ground water is in abundance in almost every region where a home can reside. It is an effective way to deliver water to a home or structure.
When you use a well for your water supply, it is recommended that you check the quality of the ground water that it is linked to. Not all ground water is safe for consumption. At times filters are necessary to purify the water that reaches your home to ensure its safety. There are many different types of filtration systems that you can install in your home to improve the quality of the water you use in your home. The need for, and the type of filtration system that is most appropriate, depends upon many personal and environmental variables.