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Posted on: January 18, 2024

SRWMD encourages residents to ensure their well’s wellness in 2024

LIVE OAK, FLA., JANUARY 18, 2024 – When was the last time you checked on your well? 

Domestic self-supply wells provide families with water for drinking, bathing, and cleaning; and, if not taken care of, your water quality can be impacted. To help educate homeowners and businesses, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will highlight “Well Wellness” through the rest of January, focusing on proper well ownership and maintenance. 

“Domestic self-supply wells are widely used in North Florida and draw water directly from the Floridan Aquifer,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District. “It is important for citizens to understand that lack of maintenance of a water well can affect the Floridan Aquifer and overall water quality.” 

To minimize impacts on the aquifer and your water quality, well owners must follow specific guidelines. Domestic self-supply wells must: 

  • Maintain a watertight seal at land surface;
  • Be located at least 75 feet away from the nearest septic system and other sanitary hazards;
  • Have at least a 12-inch stick up above land surface.

High-water events can sometimes impact wells near a water body that is flooding, possibly evidenced by changes in water color, smell, or taste. If your water is being affected, the District recommends having the it tested for bacteria. Florida Department of Health (DOH) county offices will provide residents and businesses with the necessary information and materials to test for nutrients and bacteria in the wells. 

The Well Wellness campaign will feature tips and information published on the District’s social media platforms and website this month to help residents properly care for their wells.

The District issues more than 120 permits for the construction of domestic self-supply wells each month, and approximately 5 percent of the District’s total water use comes from domestic self-supply wells and small public supply systems.

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties. 

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