Originally Posted by Eresh
Underground water is generally just fine to drink since it has been filtered through the earth. Nearby contaminants (sewage, fertilizers, salt water, chemical wastes) can of course negatively impact the underground water supply though. You can have the potability of the well water tested by the local health inspector (and should include a contingency to this effect when purchasing land).
Well water will frequently have minerals in it that you wouldn't have in city water that can affect its taste, smell, or appearance but doesn't make the water unhealthy to drink.
Agree. I lived in the country and drank only well water until I went to college. Some wells had horrible water. The well water at our first house was so loaded with minerals, facuets needed to be replaced every year. After we moved, the sulfur at the next house was overwhelming. My grandparent's well water was so tasty and my mom would fill jugs for our drinking water each time we visited.
We own a cottage in the middle of a state forest. There are a handful of seasonal places and most of owners have had problems with the well water, which doesn't make much sense since theren't any farms, industry or even neighbors within miles and miles. Our closest neighor is on the top of the mountain and their well has an unsafe level of bacteria.
Well water doesn't scare me but I would get it tested just to be safe.