Chlorination is the key to pure, clean water.

Yes, the ground serves as a filter for well water. Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee that your well water is safe to drink. Over time, a well can become contaminated with bacteria producing hydrogen sulfide or other pathogens. You may notice that the water is discolored, has a foul odor and has a bitter- metallic taste. If that seems the case, you can send a sample of your water for testing. And, if it does have contaminants, your well will most likely require a chlorination water treatment.

right equipment
For years, well chlorination water treatment involved using liquid or granular chlorine. While these provided relatively effective water purification, they were less appealing side effects. For instance, a liquid chlorine is highly corrosive and loses approximately 20 percent of its effectiveness each month. Granular chlorine is difficult to mix in water with more than three grains of hardness, can plug the well with a calcium paste and is also corrosive.

Thankfully, there is a new brand of chlorine available for well water treatment – Sterilene. Unlike liquid or granular chlorine, Sterilene mixes easily with water, has a long shelf life, is less corrosive, is more effective than the others and is competitively priced.

right tools
Many homeowners and office managers are inclined to chlorinate their wells themselves. Caution is recommended as, if the chlorine is not added to the well properly, it’s possible to clog the intake on your well pump and damage the pit-less adapter and even damage your plumbing. The best bet is to call a qualified well technician, such as the pros at McHenry Water Well & Pump, to make sure that the job is done right. Our experts will ensure that you have pure and clean water and that your well operates at optimal condition for the long haul.

It’s important to remember that, while well maintenance, including chlorination, is relatively inexpensive, it’s also essential. It ensures that you have safe, fresh water while saving on unnecessary repair bills.

To send a sample of your well water for testing, send to:
McHenry Analytical Water Laboratory, Inc.
4314-A Crystal Lake Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm > $75/hr
Mon-Fri OT > $85/hr
Sat (All hours) > $85/hr
Sun (All hours) > $95/hr