I asked a recent question, because I am moving to the country to get away, and there are no water/sewage companies around there and I dont want to use an outhouse. I have gathered ideas and decided to install a water well system. How long does it last? Will it be okay drinking from? I am going to be on the move a lot, and I won't have much time to treat it and I dont know much about water wells and their treatment, are there permanent filters that can clean it out?
I grew up in the country as well. We had a well and a septic tank.
In most cases water from a deep well is clean and safe but you will need to have the water tested to sure. The water from our well was very soft, slightly effervescent, but slightly sulfurous. Like thedude said, you get used to it. On the other hand I could never get used to the wreched tap water I got in some of the places I lived with city water. If you are lucky your well water might be as good as the best spring waters.
Septic tanks can be problematic but I know that my parents never had a bit of trouble with theirs the several decades they used one. You do have to be careful what you pour down the sink. We were photographers and pouring photographic chemicals down the sink can kill the bacteria in sepitc systems that break down wastes.
My parents houses both have a well water system, as they live in a rural area. Neither of them has replaced their system entirely, just worn out parts over the last 28 years for one and about twenty years for the other.
In terms of drinkability it will taste funny, and you can get a kit to make sure the water is potable. When I grew up, I'd never had city water so it's ok really, however you will have to get used to the taste.