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Chlorinating/Disinfecting Your Well | Moore Well Drilling

By Moore - Posted on 24 August 2011

Step #1: Remove well cover to gain access to well.

Step #2: Attach a hose to the cold water tank and put other end down the well far enough that it won’t come out.

Step #3: Shut valve on the tank that feeds the house, and turn hose on.

Step #4: As the water from the hose is discharging down the well, dump
a half to full gallon of fresh, unscented chlorine down the well,

Step #5: Let the chlorine solution circulate for approximately one hour.
If there is a smell of chlorine, and the water is running clear,
shut the hose off, and then open the valve on the water tank
to the house. Open each tap until you smell the chlorine. It
is very important that EVERY line gets flushed with chlorine.
Start the dishwasher, washing machine, flush the toilets, and
turn on outside taps. It is very important to flush out the hot
water side of your system as well.

Step #6: Once you have chlorine in all the lines, you will want to let it
sit for ten to fourteen hours. You can flush the toilet during
this time, but do not run water anywhere else.

Step #7: After the solution has remained in your lines for ten to fourteen hours, put the hose on the tank again, and discharge the water out
into the yard where it won’t make a mess. Every well is different
and, and this may take an hour, or it could take several hours.
Depending on the chlorine solution, it may harm your grass.

Step #8: Once the water coming out of the well is chlorine free, go around
to all the taps in the house and flush them out.

Step #9: Ideally, you should wait then for 48 hours to take your samples.

Sample bottles can be picked up at any Access P.E.I. location, and the samples can also be dropped off there. Check with them for drop off times, as they vary from location to location.

Usually the samples are tank from the kitchen faucet. Remove the screen and run the water for several minutes. Shut the water off and hold a lighter under the discharge to kill any bacteria that may have been put there by your hand. Turn the water back on, and take your samples.

Fill the square bacteria sample bottle to the top. Do not rinse out. Fill the round chemistry bottle to the top and then take them directly to the lab or to Access P.E.I.

One tip to make the process more reliable, is to get some chlorine test strips. Information can be obtained from the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry at 368-5000.

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Chlorinating/Disinfecting Your Well
Step #1: Remove well cover to gain access to well.
Step #2: Attach a hose to the cold water tank and put other end down the well far enough that it won’t come out.
Step #3: Shut valve on the tank that feeds the house, and turn hose on.
Step #4: As the water from the hose is discharging down the well, dump
a half to full gallon of fresh, unscented chlorine down the well...Read More