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People need to consider certain factors that usually do not confront the urban home buyer when buying a home in the country, whether the water supply is adequate or if the means of disposing of wastewater is safe. Disappointed rural homeowners have found out too late that sometimes the well drilled on their new land does not yield enough water or the water is poor of chemical quality. Foundations can be unstable from excess surface runoff or from ground-water high levels. Septic systems can be failed. Wells can be contaminated by septic systems and barnyard wastes. Shallow or dug wells in farms or near older homes that served water adequately in earlier years are often inadequate for modern uses.
Preventing water problems and coping with them when buying or building a home can be complex. This booklet describes the most common well problems encountered by rural homeowners, how to recognize them, solve them (the water problems), and get help. The characteristic and behavior of ground water and the surrounding land discussed briefly.