In a world with as many problems like the one we live in has, comparing types of water seems inconsequential. It’s all water, who cares where it comes from as long as it’s safe?

Unfortunately, the situation is more complicated than that. And one of the most important delineations comes with the classic battle of well water vs city water. So what are the differences between these types of water, and why does it matter to you?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you all about the differences between well water and city water! But enough talk, it’s time to get started!

Well Water vs City Water: Part 1

The first difference between well water and city water comes with the price tag. Well water requires you to pay to install and maintain your well, with the costs sitting high but infrequent.

City water, on the other hand, requires you to pay a monthly water bill to the local government (cheaper but more frequent).

As a result of the government holding the liability for the safety of the water, city water also comes with a higher degree of security to it. This is due to the use of chlorine in the water to kill off any harmful bacteria within.

Well water’s safety, on the other hand, falls on your shoulders. You’ll need to call your well drilling company for any repairs you need, as well as run regular inspections on your well water to make sure the water hasn’t gotten infected. Slacking on that front will lead to everything from toxic metals to parasites sitting in your water.

This isn’t to say well water is the more inconvenient of the two water types. In the event of any natural disasters, well water will stay available to you even when city water experiences problems.

Well Water vs City Water: Part 2

Since it’s not processed through the same chemicals city water goes through, well water tends to taste better than its city counterpart. It also is richer in minerals than city water, so if you’re looking for those health benefits, well water is the way to go.

Another important distinction between well water and city water is how the water gets to you. Well water gets to you via electrical systems fueling the pump, meaning your water supply revolves around your supply of electricity. So in the event of a power outage, you’ve got a water outage too.

City water, on the other hand, goes through the city’s plumbing services, so it’s more secure. That said, it’s in the hands of the city. They could shut down your water whenever they feel like it and you’d be out of luck.

Not a Drop to Spare


And there you have it! You now know all the important parts of the well water vs city water battle and which one is a better fit for you. For more home and safety tips, check out some of the other posts on our blog!

So, until next time, stay hydrated!