All About Well safety

Digging wells provide a number of benefits. The main advantages are the fact that wells provide a reliable supply of clean, often uncontaminated water for years. They allow people to get clean water and eventually save on water bills. However, several safety issues arise with the drilling of water wells.

One safety concern is related to the water quality. Although well water is normally clean and safe to use, it can become contaminated if the well and the environment around it is not clean and free of contaminants. A well should never be dug near septic tanks or areas that contaminated by toxic chemicals. The other concern relates to the safety of the procedure of constructing the well and is the focus of this article.

Depending on the area’s water table level, a residential well can be shallow at 100 feet or go as deep as 500 feet. Some can go even deeper. It is therefore important to put some security measures in place because there is a risk of injury occurring during the digging or drilling.

Here are some necessary safety measures.

Head protection

If you have decided to go the hard route of hand digging 300 feet well, you should invest in a good helmet to protect your head since accidents can happen including something falling from above. This should be done for the drilling process as well just to be safe.

Ear protection

This may not be necessary for hand digging, but if drilling a well, you should consider buying ear plugs to protect your eardrums from the noise and prevent hearing loss.

Eye protection

Appropriate eye protection gear is also necessary when digging or drilling a water well so that in case any harmful materials is flying around, the eyes are kept safe behind protective goggles.


Drilling of deep water wells that involves breaking rock can expose workers to hazardous dust. In addition to dust control systems, respirators can provide additional protection so that the dust is not inhaled.

Hand protection

When digging a well by hand, sharp object buried underground can injure the hand; not to mention the possible exposure to other hazards and microbes that can threaten one’s health. Proper protection for the hands using good quality gloves is necessary.
Proper well construction requires a much more than simply picking an area and digging, driving, or drilling a hole into the ground. Ground water exploration is important to identify the area suitable for digging a well. Other components must be included in the construction. These include casing, grout, screen, and gravel pack. For deep wells, a pump may have to be installed as well. There are also local regulations and codes that must be considered.

These factors make it necessary and convenient for you to get a skilled, professional contractor to handle the job. Find out the average cost to dig a well and look for a good contractor. Doing so will help you get clean water and save on your water bill yet avoid possible injuries and meet regulations. In the long run, the savings should be worth the cost of getting the good water well professional to help you.