This article aims to present a list of steps you need to follow in order to meet success with well water chlorine treatment. But is it really necessary to do this treatment at all?
Water is one of man’s most basic needs, second only to air. While there are numerous sources of water on the planet, none of them is safe from bacteria. Although microscopic in size, the damage that these organisms can cause to your water system and, more importantly, to your health can be great. You should know that there are existing types of bacteria that ravage the human immune system too quickly, resulting in paralysis and, often, death. That is why to perform water treatment to rid your water source of bacteria is nothing short of a necessity.
‘Chlorination’ is the term used to describe the process of flushing your water system, in this case a well-based one, with a solution mostly made up of chlorine, a substance best known for its disinfecting properties. If you depend on a well for your water needs, one of the things you can do to keep it free from disease-causing bacteria is to perform chlorination.
1. Before anything else, make sure you and your family have all the water you need for at least 24 hours. This is the standard period all forms of water treatment require in order to ensure thoroughness and effectiveness.
2. After storing enough water for your household, remove water conditioners, filters, and the like. Or, if you can’t or don’t want to because it would take too much time and effort, just find a way to bypass these things when the well water chlorine treatment officially commences.
3. Determine how much chlorine solution your water system needs. For every hundred liters of water, wells that are dug usually need around one liter of chlorine solution. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what the solution is actually made of, it simply consists of common bleach with 3% to 5% sodium hypochlorite.
4. Pour the solution into the well. If the well’s head (the basin part) is under the soil, you may have to do a little excavation. If this isn’t an option you can afford, try to transmit the solution via an air line that connects the well to your house.
5. Open every faucet in your water system, including the ones outside your house, one by one and let the water run until the smell of chlorine dissipates. It is important that the amount of chlorinated water to invade your sewage system is minimal; otherwise, the septic tank could be affected.
6. Leave all the faucets turned off for 24 hours.
7. Again, turn on all the faucets one by one. Let the water run until its yellowish tone and its strong odor disappear. Only when this “flushing” period is completed can you drink water from your well.
Follow these steps with utmost care to achieve safe and effective well water chlorine treatment.