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Well & Water Quality
Wells have been a traditional way of getting drinking water since before Biblical times. Today, wells are still used in rural areas that aren't tied to a municipal water system. Unlike the traditional hand-dug wells, today's wells are machine-dug, are lined, are equipped with filters and have at least one automatic pump that helps to draw water for the home. Some well systems also have cisterns to store water.
Water quality is an important consideration with well water. A myriad of factors can affect the quality of the water, including a deteriorating lining, methane from natural gas in the ground, debris in the well and contaminants from rain water and the soil. A home inspector experienced with measuring water quality can accurately assess the state of the well.