Aroostook County Dry Wells

During this time of severe drought, some folks may be experiencing wells going dry.  It is not a good idea to dump water into wells for a number of reasons, a few of which are that the water would simply leak out into the surrounding ground, and what didn’t might actually contaminate the well. 

Citizens who may be experiencing low water levels in wells are also encouraged to take the following steps:

  • Avoid filling wells by a water hauler or fire department. This could contaminate the owner’s well because water from an unknown source may contain toxins and water would likely leak out in a short amount of time.
  • Check water systems for leaks and fix them. This can also save money for those on public water.
  • Ensure you have a full load before running dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Space out water usage to avoid a temporary shortage that could damage the pump.
  • If using drinking water from an outside source, make sure containers and the water source are clean.
  • Use a licensed well driller or pump installer to check water levels in wells for the most accurate assessment and advice and to avoid contamination.

We would also like to collect information on dry wells, if possible please add your information at:  https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/49fef6c94fd34a6a9804175ae4a3ad93?portalUrl=https://maine.maps.arcgis.com

****More information on the drought and resources on the MEMA website that might be useful:

https://www.maine.gov/mema/hazards/natural-hazards/drought

SOME MORE HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR DRY WELL!!!

Residents should call their local town office for information/assistance.

Citizens who may be experiencing low water levels in wells are also encouraged to take the following steps:

• Avoid filling wells by a water hauler or fire department. This could contaminate the owner’s well because water from an unknown source may contain toxins and water would likely leak out in a short amount of time.

• Check water systems for leaks and fix them. This can also save money for those on public water.

• Ensure you have a full load before running dishwashers and washing machines.

• Space out water usage to avoid a temporary shortage that could damage the pump.

• If using drinking water from an outside source, make sure containers and the water source are clean.

• Use a licensed well driller or pump installer to check water levels in wells for the most accurate assessment and advice and to avoid contamination.

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