Safe Ways To Hide Your Well Head

Some people see a well head as an eye sore and decide to bury it during landscaping. This is never a good idea and can lead to problems down the road, including contaminated water.

AVOID BURYING THE WELL HEAD UNDERGROUND

When a well head is buried under ground, it is at greater risk of surface water infiltration and water being exposed to nearby sources of contamination like road salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and even gasoline.

AVOID PLANTING SHRUBS AND TREES NEAR THE WELL

You will also want to keep in mind that sometime during the life of your well, you will need maintenance. This would mean your well technician will need access to the well, so keep bushes and trees at least 10′ away from the well head to allow room for the service truck to back up to the well. You also want to avoid planting trees near the well to keep tree roots from damaging the well and pipes going to the house. Overhead clearance is also important for any service.

VIRGINIA  HEALTH DEPARTMENT CODE

12 VAC 5-630-390. Site protection. (VA Well Regulations .pdf)
  • No objects, articles, or materials of any kind which are not essential to the operation of the well shall be placed or stored in a well house, on the well head or well pump or water treatment system, or within close proximity to them.
  • Fencing of an area around the well, or the placement of other barriers or restrictions, may be required as a condition of the permit under certain circumstances, such as to prohibit livestock access to the well head or to prohibit vehicles from damaging or polluting the area around the well head.