In May we discovered our well was contaminated and this was confirmed by a water sample the county health department drew and sent into a state lab. We contacted Mr. Roger Powell at Patuxent Pump and Well. We were referred to this business by 2 different friends who had their wells dug/installed by them, and they were very pleased with the work done, spoke very highly of them. Mr. Powell came and checked out our well and performed a few tests that told him that our well's integrity was fine, meaning that the casing was not cracked and that the water was coming from the aquifer and was not being contaminated with ground water. He asked about our maintenance and I told him we had never cleaned the well, we did not know we were supposed to. He said maintenance was necessary, that it needed to be cleaned annually. With that said he felt that we would need to shock the well, and that we may have to shock it several times. He instructed us in detail how to do it. I was very anxious about the water, and he was very reassuring, stressing to me over and over not to worry, we would get it right. Well, it did take several shocks to clear the well up. We had water sent to a lab for a number count after each shock and coliform remained present at a high count. Mr. Powell personally came and performed the last shock. A water test was drawn this past Monday and today we heard that the well passed, our water is fine. Patuxent Pump and Well is an honest company. All of the people we dealt with in addition to Mr. Powell were friendly and helpful. Not only did they disinfect the well successfully, they provided lots of useful information about keeping the well clean, as well as pointing out a maple tree too near the well whose roots would be a problem in the future if we did not take it down now. We have not been billed yet for the work done, a handshake was all that was necessary to get the work started. Heartfelt thanks to Patuxent Pump and Well.