|When do you use bottled vs tap? Any tips for cleaning? Softening? I'll ask about diapers in another forum...
OK, I literally know nothing about it right now. I know I can read up on it but aside from the mechanics of well water, I'm hoping some moms can help me use it the right way or when not to use it.
We have a well for 10+ years. Our well is very deep and the water tastes great! We even had another well dug last year to add to our low yield.
First of all, have you had your well tested for pollutants and bacteria? If not, you need to do this. Your local well-drilling companies can give you the names of water-testing labs. Cost will vary depending on what is being tested. The lab will supply the containers for some things (bacteria count), for others you can just use a clean jar.
Once you know your well is safe, you're a go for any use you need.
Oh, you DO need to know what your gpm is (gallons per minute). This will have an effect on how much water you can use in a set period of time (so you don't run the well dry with water use such as sprinklers & washer & bathing all at the same time!). ALso, do you have cistern/reservoir or storage tank?
We drink ours straight from the tap (I'd never BUY water when we have a perfectly safe and delicious water source at our sink!). We have a filter but only because it filters-out the sediment that all wells produce! We use it for washing inside and out, and for irrigation.
We do have a water softener in our home (because of the mineral content in our well water). It is attached to the system for our clothes washer, the kitchen and bathroom sinks and tub & shower.
It is great knowing our water is straight up from the ground and not touched by the public water supply (and the chlorine and flouride they add - yech!).