Well Chlorination & Submersible Motors

This issue of Franklin Aid discusses chlorination of water wells only in the context of possible adverse effects to submersible motors if caution is not exercised. This issue is not meant to serve as an all-inclusive procedure for chlorinating wells. This would be impossible since specific requirements and regulations vary by state and locality. For additional information on correct chlorination procedures, please contact your local health department or your State Department of Natural Resources.

Chlorination of new and existing water wells is a common practice in our water systems industry. Chlorination disinfects water supplies and kills bacteria, which may be present in the well or was introduced into the well during normal drilling and casing operations. Ideally a water well should be chlorinated without a submersible water system installed, but this is not always practical. Continue reading