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JLC • OCTOBER 1996 JLC • JUNE 19965/0 Believe it or not, many people still get their water from dug wells, also called surface wells. These wells are anywhere from 5 to 25 feet deep and vary in diameter. And some other folks still get their water from springs, streams, and cisterns. All of these sources share one major problem: They are susceptible to contamination. Any water source near the surface of the ground is at risk of being polluted by fertilizers, manure, vermin, vandalism, and even the home's septic system. As a county housing rehabilitation specialist, I often recommend to homeowners that they replace their shallow water source with a drilled well. Not only does this reduce