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Well Water vs. City Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

well water vs. city waterHave you ever been at a friend's or family member's house, asked for a glass of water, then took a sip only to notice it tasted different from your water at home? While you may think, "that's weird, I thought water was just water," that's not necessarily true.

There are several differences between well water and city water including the source, quality, reliability, taste, and even how you pay for it. Even city water varies from city to city, so water is certainly not "just water."

The Big Differences


  • City water comes from a large source (a lake, river, etc.) which is shared by many, many households.
  • Well water comes from deep within your own ground.


  • City water is put through a variety of cleaning processes before it ever enters your home, is treated every day, and is regularly tested to be sure its safe to consume and the results are kept on public record.
  • Well water doesn’t go through the same cleaning process, but rather the water is filtered naturally as it slowly trickles from the surface into your underground reservoir. You'll need to test and track the quality yourself.


  • City water is highly reliable as there is a constant supply, but if something does go wrong it is quickly corrected by the city.
  • Not only can wells run dry, but if there is an issue you are responsible for seeing that it's fixed.


  • City water's taste is affected by natural minerals as well as added chemicals like chlorine and fluoride (both of which are perfectly safe to consume at the levels they're added).
  • If the well isn't drilled deep enough or installed properly, well water's taste can be affected by agricultural runoff like fertilizer or pesticides which won't filter out naturally.
  • The tastes of both city and well water can be affected by the pipes through which the water travels.


  • City water is paid for either through local taxes or a separate bill from your water provider.
  • With well water, you buy septic and water systems along with your home, and then after that you're paying for the electricity that powers those systems.

Which is Better?

This all boils (Get it? Boils? Because water?) down to personal preference. This isn't a "the grass is greener on the other side" situation; as long as your water is properly filtered and the quality is monitored for consistent results, well water and city water are equal.

Whether you have city water or well water flowing through your pipes and coming out of your faucets, give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or schedule service online if your plumbing isn't functioning or giving you your water the way it should. We're dedicated to providing the best possible service you can get we're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year (every day except for Christmas).

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Topics: Water