Things the well company would NOT be aware of
would be developments where water shedding has
been diverted or is being collected for some purpose
and the aquifer is thus not being replenished at a
rate which can sustain the normal level of the
Another thing a well company would have ZERO
clue about would be a construction project which
has penetrated the water retaining layers of soil
in the OP's general area and the water level is
lowered due to the leakage of the aquifer due
to the disruption of the those layers...
Another classic trader bullshit reply... Not even
knowing where the OP is located or how many
other people are in the same aquifer as the OP
and assumes that his knowledge of hydrology
and geoscience is superior to everyone else's
when he has ZERO knowledge of the site conditions
or the number of customers who might be calling
the well drilling companies to complain -- the OP
might just be in an unlucky location where the
natural underground flow of water has been
blocked or disrupted for a vast number of causes,
he doesn't know, apparently the well company
doesn't know so some research has to be done
to attempt to find the cause of the drop in the
level of the well, your assumptions aside, YOU
don't know anything beyond what the OP has
stated and there are not anything which could
be described as proper facts given to be able
to so conclusively state anything in the manner
you have done here...
Things which Evan would not be aware of:
Aquifers are something well drillers are VERY aware
of. It's there business, because, well, that's where the
water is. And acquifers typically cover large areas.
You don't just drop the level of water in an acquifer
140ft in one localized spot. And you don't drop it
140ft by collecting or diverting, unless that is some
major project, which again, a well driller is going
to know about. If a major acquifer that a lot of people
are using drops that much, it should be all over the
news, with people having severe problems.
You really think he's going to go to some state
water board and they're going to tell him, "Oh
yeah, the xyz aquifer at 200ft has dropped 140ft
because of the new dam on the whacko river..."
and the local well driller isn't going to know about it?
Maybe, but not very typical in my world.
You did read the part about the water level dropping
140 ft, right? That means the well itself must be
significantly deeper than that. What kind of construction
projects in your experience take out retaining layers of
soil 200ft down, below an aquifer? How does one
get the necessary DEP permits for that?
As usual, so far I don't see anyone agreeing with
Not necessarily. My driller went to the bottom of the aquifer, as
evidenced by soil composition, and then backed up about 10' to prevent
silt clogging. So the fast majority of the well is above the pump and
the water pressure was fluctuating. I had the well drillers measure the water
depth and it had dropped 140' from where it was. Has anyone heard of this
drastic water table change before? Is it possible my well collapsed? I am in
Sure. Wells even go dry around here. The various irrigation companies
have been badgered and sued and who knows what by the environmentalists
about how much water they draw from local rivers. Most of them are
replacing the canals with pipe.
The pipe stop the water leaking from the canals and eventually the
companies may leave more water in the rivers.
However, many wells within a mile or so from the canal have gone dry.
They were drilled into seepage from the canal, not the water bearing
formations. Lots of law suits, but no joy! All wells have to be drilled
much deeper and into the water bearing strata.
Our rental property in Redmond, Oregon has a 350 ft. well. Our home well
15 miles North is 650 ft. deep. Wells East of Bend Oregon are up to 900
So, where are you exactly in Northern California? Any irrigation
districts in your area?
may have been any time since the well was drilled......
in any case you need a new deeper well, the cause is secondary at
which would be someone doing something illegal that somehow effected
the water table.....
so what was your drillers cost and depth estimate???
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