Our Old Water Well …

… doesn’t seem to work any more. We would have liked to re-activate it, as that would have saved us quite a bit of money during summer time, but that’s not going to be. Yesterday we had a local well contractor here, to test if a “re-activation” would be worth while:

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Water Well Testing (1)

First of all [unfortunately I don’t have pictures of that as once again I remembered too late that I had wanted to document it]  the old pipes [around 175 feet] had to be extracted. After that, when the pipes were out, high-pressure air was pumped into the well:

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Water Well Testing (2)

To all intents and purposes, with that, if there had been enough water coming in, it should have gushed out of the hole. But as it was, nothing much besides air and foam [the contractor had poured some soap into the hole to be able to see the results better] came out. And that made it clear that there’s no use in trying to re-activate that well – simply not enough water coming in after it has not been used for I don’t know how many years.

If we want our own water well, it has to be drilled anew, completely from scratch. And that will be fairly expensive, around $10,000, everything included [drilling to a depth of ca. 400′, inserting the rods, putting in a pump etc.]. I think that’s too much for the ime being as we have other, more pressing items on our agenda [re-building/adding one room and renovating our kitchen]. Maybe later, though, as a well of our won would certainly help us to, among others, water our lawn all through our hot and usually dry summers at very low cost.

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2 responses to “Our Old Water Well …

  1. A lot of wells have the same problem. When they were first drilled, they usually stopped at the first aquifer they came to, most of which were shallower than 200 feet. Now, you’ve got to go to the big reservoirs which are much deeper, i.e. 600 to 1000 feet in my area to reach good sources of water.

    Of course, we’re fortunate around here as the rivers provide
    a virtually unlimited resource and Missouri is more blessed than most with outstanding groundwater sources.


    • Hi Randall,
      What the guy told us, if I understood him correctly, is that a well can get kind of “clogged up” if it’s not used for a long time. And that seems to have happened with ours, as there’s still water dówn there [the last rod was in about 10 feet of muck/mud]. The water just doesn’t seem to be able to pour in fast enough.
      That well, btw, was drilled by Mary’s parents when they built the house here, in 1937. At that time the 170+ feet were quite enough. Nowadays they recommend, as I said, around 400 feet. I think that’ll reach a lower layer of the water table and thus provide more water. I’m wondering, though, what the fracking around here will do, both to the water table [as they need around 800,000 gallons for just one oil/gas well and some does indeed come from local water wells] and also to the water quality. Let’s hope there won’t be any contamination.

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