To this end, NGWA’s recently issued Water Well Systems Inspection Best Suggested Practice serves as a guide to contractors, pump installers, well owners, water systems managers and regulators, as well as those who perform and depend upon well inspections.
This best suggested practice document recommends that any individual or group hired to conduct ground water system inspections possess the following skills and experience to operate within the following parameters:
- Knowledge of local, regional, state and
federal code and regulations relative to water well construction, well
inspection, pump installation, electrical systems, ground water quality, etc.
- Safety protocol awareness for situations
applicable to the work being conducted.
- Basic understanding of natural and anthropogenic
threats to drinking water quality.
- Technical awareness of pumps and related electrical systems.
- Determining the water well use
parameters such as its purpose, e.g., human consumption, irrigation,
industrial; estimated ground water usage per day; any known water quality
- Visually inspecting the wellhead to ensure proper
- Visually and physically inspecting the water well
system components, including testing the pump, checking valves, and conducting
- Visually inspecting any other equipment such as
pressure tanks, storage tanks, water heaters, softeners, filtration equipment, etc.
- Documenting for the well owner/manager the system specifications observed, any suggested recommendations for remedial work, and a recommended schedule for future routine inspection, testing, cleaning and rehabilitation.