I have moved to a small farm that has an unused borehole.
All the kit seems to be in place ie pump etc, but even an untrained eye like
mine can tell it is need of a good servicing and bits and pieces will need
So before I end up poisoning the whole familly I thought I'd better get a
professional to come and check it out (yeah I know this is a diy NG but
after masses of googling I'm none the wiser!
So the question is, who do I get to check it out ? I am guessing it is a
bit speacialist for the local plumber, and given the potential health
implications I don't want a bodge job.
Any ideas/info very greatly appreaciated.
A key thing is whether the water down there in the rock needs any
mineral deposits filtering out? If so then if a filter is fitted is it
So, you need to test the water composition. You local environmental
health department can do this if you can wait or they may be able to
advise you of a private company that can do the work. We were quoted
around 120 IIRC for a full test.
Have a look here:
and click through to the " Preventing Pollution of wells " section for a
very interesting read. In fact the whole site has good advice on this type
I had one ofthese - best water ever. Man from d of H used to come rpund
every so often to check the water quailty - p[robably worth getting in
touch with district councl and asking them who does it...
The pump and suchlike was a simple affair - float valve in the header
tank, and simple mains operated (CH type) pump. It didn't have to lift
it too far - if the hole is deep you need to stick pump down it to pump
upwards, raher than suck upwards.
Worth doing IMHO if the hole is into soft water.
On a related subject, I have a natural spring on my land which just
comes up into the soil forming a bog, which then drains into a stream.
I've been wondering whether its possible and practical to try and tap
this somehow to provide a water supply (this area of land has no mains
supply). Searching on the net has not located anything relevant.
Anyone any ideas/ experience?
Any views expressed are not necessarily those of my employer
Machynlleth. Not too far from Aberystwyth. Not sure that they have that
particular expertise though, but do try the website, and if you can, pay
a visit to the centre; it's a great day out.
Martin Angove (it's Cornish for "Smith") - ARM/Digital SA110 RPC
See the Aber Valley -- http://www.tridwr.demon.co.uk/abervalley.html
There were three systems on the estate where I worked for 20+ years,
only the diesel powered one was in use when I started and this was
abandoned in favour of mains water.
However the older two systems with ram pumps still functioned although
abandoned. They seemed simple, a herring bone pattern of tile drains
gathered into a 1.2m square cistern, from this a 100mm cast or clay
pipe ran the water about 20m through a 3m drop to another brick lined
chamber with the ram in it. A 3/4" galvanised water pipe then
(originally) took the high pressure water 200m into the loft of the
house, this contained a 1700gallon tank. It was the insurers concerns
about the weight of this plus the poor capacity for fire fighting that
forced the use of mains water.
It may not just be a case of getting the water tested and the machinery
tested. Take a look here for some good basic advice www.briodydrilling.com
and also ask your local council's environmental health depatment for advice
specific to your area.
It may be unused for some very good reason such as unaccepteble levels of
some contaminant. Can you not trace back and find someone who knows a bit
about its history?
A bit more info such as the details off a data badge would be a great help
in identifying what we are talking about here. Monopumps for instance make
down the hole borehole pumps which operate on the end of a long shaft
within the water pipe and the gland and motor are at the top of the well at
ground level. A Google search for monopumps would assist you if it is a
A competent maintenance engineer would be able to take care of the
mechanical side for you but the water testing will require a bit of
biochemistry and you should have a look in your local yellow pages.
Alternatively as a very rough and ready quick check that the water isn't
poisonous give some to your neighbours dog<g>
If it dies don't waste money on a full health test
Thanks everyone for all that info
Certainly given me a lot to go on
It is the type where the pump is submerged down the borehole, there is some
sort of what looks like sand filter and a big tank with a diapraghm in it to
give the pressure.
Best plan, I'd get a professional in too, and I've had such a system.
If you've also got local drainage you'll save a lot of money as long
as it doesn't cost a fortune to get it working well again.
Borers not only drill, but also commission and test. (Usually...)
Requires a fair amount of testing to figure out what sort of water it
is. Then it could be as little as an ultraviolet filter and a small
electric pump and holder tank.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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