I have been told there is an old well in our back yard. This got me thinking
that I could drop a pump down it and use the water for garden watering,
vehicle washing, pressure washing the paths etc and save a lot of water from
the mains, which I pay for twice, once as water used and again as sewage
charge to the water authority. Anyway I have now found it. I drilled a hole
through the tarmac at a spot where the snow and ice always melts first and
bingo I have a cavity. The problem now is that it is 14m deep!!! Yes 14
meters no exaggeration. I measured it by dropping a plumb bob down the hole,
and had to find more string. The good news is that there is at least two
metres of water at the bottom.
So my original plan to just drop the submersible pump down there as required
may not work as I doubt it will lift the water that far. I now wonder if
investing in a better pump would be worthwhile as the electricity used to
lift the water may cost more than I pay the water authority.
Anyone have any experience in the cost of running a pump at that depth?
Not too sure about this Mike but I seem to remember that all water belongs
to the water authority and you have to pay for it even from your own well.
If their water floods your home it becomes your water and you have to get
rid of it.
So their water is flooding my hole and I am getting rid of it by pumping it
onto the garden. Its ok though, I won't tell if you don't.
Thinking about this. The cottage we owned had a private water supply from a
spring and we paid nothing to the water authority, yet they did know about
it as they kept reminding us to test it.
On the other side of the coin an old mine near me, (non productive gypsom
mine) has to pay a licence fee to extract water from it AND a fee to
discharge said water into a nearby stream!
Don't help with your question though does it :)
Checking the water is a good idea before going any further, my daughter
found a well under an old flag stone in her yard.The water was stagnant and
smelly not even fit for watering.
The law may be different between domestic and manufactures a company I
worked had a well and they paid for there water but at a reduced rate.
No it doesn't! The means of transporting it does belong to companies. So
want to use their pipes you pay for it. If water floods your home you need
yourself why you bothered to buy one in an area know to flood - or why your
legal people didn't advise you correctly. If you want clean water you do
pay a company to clean it up and supply it. You have a very simple
veiw of life!
I would lower a webcam and a big light in to the well to have a closer look.
You could use a pump to get the water in to a tank to store. I wouldn't
using it until tested or you might find dead plants and a stripped car.
I'd be very surprised if you could not find a submersible pump that would
pump that far. 14 metres is only about 32 feet, which is equivalent to one
atmosphere pressure which is 15 lbs/sq inch in old money.There's one here
which will do 17 metres
maximum quoted head of water. unscrupulous dealers could quote the max
head at zero flow which wont be much help.
Also allow for the frictional loss in the distribution hose. A vague
memory tells me this increases as 1 over the cube of the hose diameter.
I expect you will need more like 2hp for the pump which will consume
1500 watts = 1.5 units per hour.
hole with years of spillage from car washes, expansion tank over flows and
You need to look into the legal aspect I know that there are many laws, or
at least regulations regarding extracting water from your own land in
agriculture and there is some difference for example between a natural
spring and a hold in the ground that could be filled with water due to
underground water movements.
As with all authorities, the water board will always - legally - be right in
any 'misunderstanding' argument at law. This, of course, means that you may
need to pay someone a staggering sum of money to locate and prove the source
of the water, after all, it could be a broken water main that has seeped
down into a hole in your property - on the other hand, if you believe in
global warming, your house may be about to sail off into the sunset
This may help - http://www.welldrillers.org.uk/faq.html#4
The interesting point is - In England and Wales, under the Water Act
2003 any borehole or well yielding less than 20 cu metres per day (4400
gallons per day) does not currently require a consent to drill and test
pump or to extract water up to that limit. For intended yields in excess
of 20 cu metres per day then a Clause 32 Consent is required from the
local EA to drill and test pump any borehole and an extraction licence
is required to pump the borehole after the test pumping is completed.
So looks like no problem as I can not see you wanting more than 20
tonnes per day to water your pot plants and garden.
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