If you’re living off-grid or on a farm, then you’re less likely to be connected up to the municipality’s water system. Getting a ready supply of water for drinking, bathing, or watering the plants all become considerations that a ‘city slicker’ just doesn’t need to think about.
Sometimes, it is possible to have water utilities installed, but maybe the local water company wishes to charge what seems like an extortionate amount to do so?. When there’s the possibility of creating a well or using an existing one and upgrading it, then it provides a viable alternative.
In this article, we look at the reasons for having a well and how to get more from using one.
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Here are 3 reasons for owning a well on your property:
Cleaner Water – When using a dependable well tank (or securing a good tank replacement when necessary). It’s possible to get cleaner water from it. Unlike municipal supplies that add chemicals that sometimes remove minerals too well water tends to be purer. Filtration of well water is also possible too.
Property Value Uplift – For anyone who lives more remotely, there is considerable value in functional water wells. It adds to the value of the farm or other rural home because it’s convenient for daily living.
A buyer doesn’t need to have one installed post-purchase. Also, not being dependent on the municipal water supply is popular with people who prefer to be independent.
Reduced Overall Costs – The water bill gets expensive. It is one of those bills that never seem to go away. That is unless you have a well on your property that’s working properly and supplying all the water that your family needs.
If you already have a well and are concerned about a poor flow rate, then the good yield could be a concern. Where the property is new to you or you haven’t spent much time there because it is the second property in a rural location. Then this could be a sign that the well needs some attention.
Water wells have a calculable flow rate. It’s possible with highly productive wells to see a rate of 15-19 gallons per minute (GPM) at the top end, though this is neither needed nor common.
For a house with multiple occupants, a GPM of 5 isn’t a poor one even if you’ve heard differently from your neighbors. It is only when it’s measured at 2-3 GPM that it would suggest there are some issues with the well or the equipment that you’re using for it.
To get more water from a well, it’s necessary to first measure the current GPM accurately. Once you have this measurement, then you’ll have a starting point. Also, you’ll know how large of a problem there is.
When there is enough water supply, but the water flow is slow, then it’s useful to add storage tanks to hold water from the well. This can assist in ensuring that there’s enough supply on tap and at the GPM that’s desired for a shower, to run a bath, or something else.
The storage tank approach gets around a low flow rate, but it does add to the cost of the well system. With the system set up to provide from the storage tank first, with the well replenishing it more slowly, it’s a neat workaround.
When the well tank or well pressure tank is leaky, a series of temporary fixes may have not entirely solved the problem. So, when pumping out from it, some collected water may be lost artificially making the flow rate lower.
If this is determined as the situation, then it’s time to replace the well tank rather than perform yet another fix of it. This will then be good for several years and the flow rate will increase after the upgrade.
Well pumps do not last forever. It’s an obvious point, but sometimes on a farm or rural property, there is a tendency to expect equipment to never get replaced. With a water well, that’s an ineffective strategy.
It could be that the well yield is adequate, but the flow rate is poor because the well pump is no longer getting it done. Alternatively, the original well pump could have been underpowered compared to what’s required if the well is deep.
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A low yield where the well is not a strong producer may just be a reality of your well.
It’s important to consider seasonal effects on the yield rate though. Ask around with neighbors to determine whether their well produces less at certain times of the year and if now is one of those times. If so, try to get a clearer sense of how much difference is observed between the seasons.
Check for other concerns like blocked pipes or water leaks that could be affecting what the well yield is perceived to be.
If everything else has been ruled out and the well is a low producer, then it may be necessary to have another well dug in a different location on your property. Consulting with well drillers about this is worthwhile to get better results. However, even if the area just doesn’t provide a strong yield, at least a second well can double capacity.
When a new well is needed, then adding a storage tank will help to manage poor yield rates. Even when the ongoing supply from underground water sources is not in question. It is always best to consult with specialists in the field of water wells. Having set up water wells and made improvements to existing ones.
They are perfectly placed to provide sound advice on where to go from here. This avoids going down the path of trying different things on your own, wasting money in the process. Not getting the desired outcome and needing to consult with the experts later anyway.