Americans and Canadians usually take excellent water and sewer service for granted even though the bills for water tend to keep climbing. From cooking in the kitchen, doing laundry, or brushing our teeth, the functions of the plumbing system almost go unnoticed...until something goes wrong. Most plumbing systems are connected to public water supply and sewer systems but older homes and country properties may be serviced by private systems. Private systems are almost always going to be more problematic and hence expensive to operate and maintain than public systems.

Private systems usually have a limited life expectancy and when/if they need to be replaced, a new well can cost $10,000.00 or more, while a high-tech septic system usually starts at $15,000.00 and up. These replacements rarely present themselves as options and are frequently major budget busters.

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If your house is serviced by a private water well or other source, you should always have the water tested for potability at least once per year. Wells will become polluted over time and can be a health hazard. particularly older, shallow wells.

Caption: Running a pipe for a private well.

Private water supply systems are almost always going to be more costly than public systems. Tapping into public systems, if they become available, involves a tap fee, as well as the cost of installing piping. In the long run, these connections are good investments.

Caption: A common well seen from rooftop

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