After the well has been constructed and before the contractor removes his equipment from the site, you should inspect the well.
Here is a list of items to check:
Well Depth: Easily done by tying a weight on a tape. Compare to the well construction report.
Well yield: Ask how many gallons per minute (gpm) the well tested, what distance the water level dropped, and how quickly the level recovered.
Well cap: Make sure the well is capped, secure, and the cap is at least 6 inches above ground level.
Disinfection: Ask whether the well was disinfected.
Well construction record: Get your copy of the well record. The contractor is required to deliver a copy of the record to the owner. We advise you to keep your well record with your house deed for future owners.
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