We drilled our well 6years ago and there were no problems. Now in the
past year our production has gone done a lot, and we recently retested
the water and it has high levels of sodium and fluoride were they do
not recommend we drink or cook with it. So we had a drilling company
come and took a look and he examined the substance we get from our
filter and said it was surface sand which was not a good sign. He
decided to shock the well and see if that would help. So I went to go
and pump out the well after letting it sit for 12hours and the water
only ran for 45 minutes and that was it, and since then after letting
the well recover(8hours) the water only pumps out for 15-20minutes.
So now I am looking for others opinions before we spend a bunch of
money drilling a new well or deepening the exsisting one. There are
so many different things that could be the problem, but I don't know
were to start.
Thanks for your time,
On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:22:33 -0700, ngeinger wrote:
Location and depth matter.
I had a well dug last year to 95 feet.
Well digger offered no guarantees that good water would be found.
I'd get a different well digger but only after checking credentials and
references. You might also consult the local natural resources water
department rep to see what they say about wells in your area. Also see
what the neighbors are doing. Their well depths and problems might give
you some ideas.
Just today, I was on the www.usgs.gov site.
Our water authority is pumping water into the ground as a reserve;
"have collectively stored approximately 280,000 acre-feet of water for
the communitys use in times of need."
USGS Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How can you find out how deep the water table is in a
"The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!"
on 9/19/2007 4:22 PM email@example.com said the following:
My well was drilled in 1984 by a well known well driller Co. for this
area. Guess what? They brought in a 'dowser', the guy with the forked
stick who is supposed to find underground water. I went along with it,
not believing that it would work. They went down 325' where the guy
said, and I have never lost any water pressure since.
Here we go.. Truth - I watched a gas company person in the past few
months pull out some wires. He was looking for "gas lines" to service
the first house on the street. Even went to the dumpster for wire
sizes and parts needed.
The line was marked many feet away.
"I didnt say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you."
Fairly common it seems.
I have no knowledge of any controlled studies that indicate anything to
any of it -- as many things of that ilk, those that believe won't be
convinced they're wrong, those that don't likewise...
Agree. If there is anything to 'dowsing' nobody can really explain the
The reference to using a piece of scrap wire from say a dumpster, was
immediately understood. While some dowsers will use a freshly peeled
forked wooden stick, other will use a wire. Some claim any old wire
that you can grip tightly enough will do.
Once or twice have tried dowsing and 'feel' I have had some reaction
using a piece of coat hanger wire! Some dowsers use two separate bent
wires one in each fist or hand. A lot of claims some claiming
something to do with 'dips' in the earth's local magnetic field; which
could presumably be checked by a magnetic inclinomter(sp)?
Not sure if there really is anything to dowsing.
Anyway Natasha has insufficient water. Whether it is due to lowering
water tables in a particular area affected by global warming/changes
in rainfall/drought or many more people drawing water from the ground
as an area has become built up, or the well has become old and tired
and clogged up after years of use will be unknown. 'Shocking' a well
is a trick sometimes used. We gather it can both help and spoil a
well. IMO it's sort of a 'Give it a try' method.
Sodium and fluoride maybe due to pollution from the ground; there are
so many herbicides and pesticides used recklessly these days that we
don't used our well since municipal water was installed some 30 years
ago. In Natasha's area most likely if people are using wells, there
may be waste water from septic tanks. And detergents and washing
compounds do contain various chemicals.
Local knowledge and all the suggestions that others have made are
appropriate. There's no magic solution and ground water supply is not
infinite. What's the story on a major underground aquifer under
several US states that has dropped its level significantly; was in the
news a few months ago?
PS. At the s.market recently couldn't buy any laundry powder/detergent
that did not have 'lemon' in it. Understanding that the lemon is
completely unnecessary and is merely yet another chemical that
supposedly smells nice!!!!!!
I too am skeptical but can find things using the two bent rods. I
have used bailing wire, hunks of barbed wire. My favorite's are two
Technigue is to hold them loosely, not tightly. For me, they will
cross inwards as I cross the line (and will line up with the line) and
then again some distance after I cross it. The second one is the
depth indication, 5' for each pace between the indications.
I have dowsed water lines, drain lines, rebar in the perimeter of my
patio pad (confirmed when hitting it with a masonry drill), phone line
(confirmed by the phone company but again I knew where it should be)
Several wells (one confirmed by an experienced dowser but not drilled,
one confirmed by drilling. The wells are no proof, however, as here
you can poke a hole anywhere and find water.
Why am I skeptical? Almost every thing was in the only logical place
for it to be or I had other indications where it might be. Have only
dug once to confirm it and didnt' find the water line then.
Just dowsed for my neighbor with a broken water line. Traced the line
from the well to the break over a route where logic would not have put
it. Again we didn't dig to confirm the routing but the exposed pipe
in the hole did point in the direction the rods said even though it
was 90 degrees away from the direct well route.
Fun to play with but I wouldn't bet money on it.
Sorry. I've seen the wire thing used for water; and, recently gas
lines. Never proved anything to me even if they used sticks.
You mentioned sticks being used and I should have snipped a bit for my
"If your not getting it from the horses mouth, You're listening to the wrong
How deep is the well? What depth is the pump? How deep was the
water table when you drilled the well 6 years ago?
Can you measure the current water table depth?
What part of the country are you in?
How wet was the weather in the months preceding your well drilling?
How wet has the weather been in the past months?
Do you have a storage tank, or just a pressure tank?
Do you have a "Pumpsaver" or similar on your pump?
If your drilling company thought that shocking the well would solve
your water production problems, I would find another well "expert".
Your water table has gone down. They do go up and down depending
upon the time of year and the the weather (and sometimes other factors).
Depending upon your answers to the above questions, there may be
a variety of things that you could do to get by until the water
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