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By Lisa Bieri | Broker in 54212

Door County Drinking Water Wells

Door County WaterWell.  That’s a deep subject! And well water in Door County is and even deeper and misunderstood subject.
In Door County we are surrounded by Green Bay and Lake Michigan, but we depend on groundwater, instead of lake water, for drinking.

Most residences and businesses in Door County are served by private water well.  Drilled wells are among the most common.  The drilled well is constructed by either cable tool (percussion) or rotary drilling, with rotary drilling again being most common in Door County.  Wells can be drilled more than 1,000 feet deep but the depth, usually less than that is determined by its Door County location.  Drilled wells require installation of a casing and a screen to prevent an inflow of sediment and the well collapsing.  The space surrounding the casing is sealed with grouting material made of either cement or bentonite clay to prevent contamination of the well from water draining from the ground surface down and around the outside of the casing.

When you purchase a Door County home, condominium or any structure served by water well in you should request a report to be prepared by a licensed Wisconsin plumber to show that the well conforms to the code in effect at the time it was installed.  If the water well serving the property you are purchasing is a “four inch well”, then likely it will require upgrading or replacement.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  dictates that wells drilled prior to 1953 in bedrock with less than 6 inches in diameter, are noncomplying wells that should be permanently abandoned (filled & sealed) and replaced with a new well.  A variance to this requirement – to allow such a well to remain in service – will only be considered if there is appropriate and adequate justification.  If a variance is approved it will only remain valid for a maximum of five years from the date of the variance.  Any well not obtaining a variance is required to be filled and sealed.  A variance may be allowed in, for instance, the case of financial need, but remember it is only good for four years.  Your Door County Realtor should be informed on water wells in Door County and personal inspection of the well to determine if there may be a problem should be conducted.  It will of course be up to the well inspector and the DNR, if they become involved, to determine if the well is in compliance or noncomplying.  The Door County Addendum A to the Offer to Purchase is an easy tool to provide for the inspection and any remedy if necessary.

While we do come across the four inch well, most wells in Door County are six inch wells and comply with the code.  Still, these wells should be inspected for conformance and any repair if necessary.

Why such concern about the depth of wells and the quality of water in Door County?  In Door County we are surrounded by Green Bay and Lake Michigan, but we depend on groundwater, instead of lake water, for drinking.  People all over the country and world get their drinking water from wells, but drinking water has a potential for contamination.  Properly monitored, drinking water from your well in Door County can be of a high quality, free of contamination and maybe some of the best water you’ve tasted.

The groundwater that is pumped by a well likely began as rain or snow falling on the land.  Pollution on the surface of the land can directly and quickly impact water underground.  In my next post I will talk about how water travels through Door County’s soil and bedrock to your well and how you can be sure the water you are drinking is free of contaminants.  If you have questions now, please call me at 1-800-962-4161 ext 204.

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Lisa Bieri
Door County Realty, Inc.

I am a full time Broker Associate with Door County Realty, Inc. in Fish Creek and represent both sellers and buyers.  My Mission is to provide real estate excellence to my clients, customers, fellow Door County Realtors and other real estate professionals is my hallmark and I truly believe that “If I am not fired with enthusiasm…I can be fired, with enthusiasm”. 

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I am active in my local community serving on the Sevastopol School Board, the Land Use Committee for the town of Jacksonport, and am a past president and director for the Door County Board of Realtors.  I live in Jacksonport with my husband Bob, with our three children and their spouses (and grandchildren) living not more than two hours away.  I am a lucky person!

If you are a seller, I promise to aggressively market your property to all buyer prospects and Realtors, when we have an offer I will negotiate to preserve the equity in your investment.  As a buyer, I will always be focused on what’s important to you until we find that perfect Door County home or property 

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