Ahh crap Marty.
What about it won't support 5 people?
You might see about getting it bailed. Talk to a guy who does wells out there that you trust.
What determines how many people a well can support ?
The well was okay for my mom and dad who only took a bath every other day, 1 load of laundry every 2-3 days. etc but they could not drink it. Since we have moved in on Dec 20th, we have ran it dry twice to the point on Christmas day, it took almost 4 hours to refill pipe.
Every situation is different. You really need a knowledgeable person to assess the situation. Right now you haven't even told us if it is a dug or drilled well. Sometimes a bigger tank and water conservation can work for a while. Good Luck, Rick
It is a drilled well, 5" or 6" casing.
History... well was dug in 1989, water was plentiful, but has some iron and a very slight salty taste and of course hard.
The company who drilled was named Treadway. the current well company is now called Yeagers who is the BIL of Treadway who past away years ago. Yeagers was part of the original drill and has service the well the last 10 yrs or so.
When he called me back, he still had all the records from original well drilling, he told me all the specs on the soil type and issues with the well. The hit water at 17*20 feet, down in gravel/sand at 25. Back then, county laws were they had to go to at least 45' so they took the well to 50', he is now telling me that was a mistake. They hit hard rock at around 40' so the last 10' is in rock...2 problems with that. First is all the weep holes are in the rock, it takes longer for the well to replenish, the holes should be up in the gravel area, too late once pipe is driven down. It originally had 8 gpm. Second is being in the rock layer, it absorbed minerals as in most likely calcium. Over the years it has gotten less flow and it is now like drinking ocean water and it's now not able to recover with the 5 of us, Yeager made a visit and told us that they had pulled pump up in the pipe to hopefully prevent sucking up the minerals, but now that it's down to about 4-5 gpm and slow to recover, it's pulling from down deep. We had been looking into an expensive softener systems to clean it up, but now that we have no water to clean, we have to look into supply first.
They also installed a "pump saver" system a few years back to prevent pump from burning up when it was pumping no water. It shuts down pump when water level gets below pump. We don't need any new controls as a couple of you suggested, we have no water supply to build pressure with.
Yeager also stated they came out about 5-6 yrs ago and used air pressure to try to blow out the weep holes to get more water flow, he said it was a struggle back then and said he doubts it will even work now and then we would still be left with the expensive water treatment.
He did mention some type of secondary storage tank, but with the bad water quality and low flow, he doesn't feel that is even so much of a band aid.
He suggest a new well dug and stated new county rules allow then to only go down 25-30 feet if needed, not the old 45 or 50'. Neighbor well is only 40', but up on a hill about 10' higher than where ours would be, theirs is just slightly hard with a low % of rust, they have decent water with a std softener.
So I see not many other options, the old well is not recovering fast enough now and it's horrible quality. Yeager knows the well and is the only diggers in our area.
I have to call tomorrow to get his proposal and I need to get my Old Ky uncle out to witch the water supply for me
Maybe I need to clean the cistern and start collecting rain water like many years ago. I could at least water the animals with it.
Edited by TAHOE, January 01, 2015 - 07:08 PM.