We are currently renting a place but are seriously considering trying to buy it. Now the property was annexed into the county water system (big bunch of junk to get more $) a few years ago & the house is now hooked up to the water meter. There is a standing well on the property. It is fairly nicely set up. The platform around it is cement with the huge cement pipe coming out of the ground and when you look down into it you can see the water level. The lid for the pipe was broken prior to us moving here so I can also see debree in the well. My SO built a small old fashioned well house to cover it. This prevents people from hitting it... had several UPS trucks and even a contractor for the realestate agent run it over before the well house, and it keeps the debree out. Now I know we need to get it tested and barring any sort of major contamination what would you folks suggest to do to actually clean it out and make it usable? Also I would be interested in sitting up some sort of hand pump operation on the well in order to make it easier to use in the future. I could also use the old well bucket/chain just like my Granny did for many years as well. Ideas, suggestions and experience is much appreciated!