Did Timmy really fall into the well? No. But in the classic TV show, Lassie, the dog was always saving Timmy from one thing or another. This catch-phrase was coined by fans, but does speak to the common-known danger of falling into a well. Now, while this isn’t exactly as common in 2015 as it may have been in 1960, it still brings us to the topic of wells.
Did you know, that every well (hole in the ground meant to source, test, inject water), must have a Well Tag? To ensure clean and adequate supply of underground drinking water, programs are implemented to prevent contamination of aquifers from improper well construction, well drilling, or well abandonment. This is why any well drilling must be done by a licensed well driller who must first obtain a permit. Once they have a permit, the permit number will be on the Well Tag, so if any information is needed on the well, there is an identification number for it.
This is where National Band & Tag comes into play. Our metal Well Tags are heavy duty and withstand being outside year-round. The stamping doesn’t fade so the identification number is always readable,
The section of the well pipe that protrudes out of the ground is where the Well Tag is attached. Use 1/8” x 9/16” slots if you plan on using 1/2” strapping and 1/4” x 7/8” slots if plan on using 3/4” strapping. Most people like to use landscaping and bushes to hide the well head in their yard. If you move into a new home and the Well Tag is missing, call your local water or health department to find your well ID number. Requirements may vary state to state on what your identification tag or label may need to look like, or what information should be included. Check with your state’s Water Management Division or Department of Water Resources to find out your state’s laws.
And if you still need help with your well, chances are Lassie may come to the rescue. (Just call us at National Band & Tag and ask for Lassie.)