More to the point, that's what happens when you live in a state that prohibits homeowners
from clearing brush around their property because it might damage the habitat of some
mouse... never mind the fire risk to *human* habitat.
The noted 400' well does not "shut off" in a few minutes. What happens
is that you a drawing down the standing water in the well casing in a
few minutes and then waiting for the well to refill. This is a low yield
well being pumped with a high flow pump, if you pumped at the well's
actual yield rate it would pump continuously. Per your numbers it is
producing ~50 gal in 40 min or about 1.25 gal / min consistently. That
equates to 1,800 gal / day which is more than enough when coupled with a
1,500-2,000 gal cistern and proper pump controls.
Nah they don't. Having worked fire investigation in a rural county
(albeit about 30 years ago, but keeping up with my reading), they only
care about what the FD can bring with them. They can give discounts if
you have a big enough pond, live on a lake, have a deep river nearby, or
other very close by water source. That is obviously fairly rare.
?Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.?
I would point to places such as No Name Key in the FL Keys. There are no
water utilities there (yet, but that is another thread altogether-grin).
You have houses that are bought and sold all the time with cisterns,
solar or generators, (I am not sure what they do with waste water).
All you would need to do is show that you have an adequate supply.
You might lose a few potential buyers who don't want to mess with
cisterns and pumps, but I'll lose a few potential buyers when I sell
because they don't want to mess with the swimming pool.
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital."
Pump controllers are common for exactly this low yield well condition.
They work by detecting when the pump runs dry based on current draw and
then shutting it off for an adjustable time period (adjust based on well
recovery rate), or of course they turn the pump off when the float
switch in the cistern indicates it is full. The cistern feeds a second
pump that feeds a normal pressure tank and is controlled by a regular
pressure switch. Simple system, long tested, works great as long as the
well is able to keep up with the total water demands overall.
Certainly there was no reason not to drill the first well a modest
distance from the house. For the second it could have been laziness to
not fully breakdown the drill truck and instead just move it a short
distance to try again.
Forget the place with the questionable water supply, just buy your
grandfather's 80ac and never look back. Nobody ever complains about
having too much land, and in farm/ranch country you can just lease
whatever portion of the property you aren't currently using to someone
else for farming or grazing.
That doesn't make sense either. A 5" diameter pipe will hold approximately one gallon per
foot of length. If you want to store a hundred gallons of water, it's *far* cheaper to buy a 100-
gallon tank than to drill 100 feet of well.
I was at one such dowsing. I know the area, and there is water everywhere.
The dowser went back and forth, to and fro. Then he made an X in the dirt
with his foot and said "drill here!". I pointed out that the County Code
requires a 50 foot setback from roads and property lines, so the took his
stick and without even looking said "well drill it over there".
Doug Miller wrote, on Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:08:52 +0000:
While you'll rarely find me defending the California nanny naturalists,
they do require us to clear all brush within 100 feet of our homes.
We can get fined if we don't, and the insurance company requires it
We often get so much wood out of the deal that the county comes yearly
to chip it for us.
trader_4 wrote, on Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:53:42 -0700:
Here, in "Silicon Ridge", the rock isn't all that hard to drill, I
It's Franciscan sediments. From fifty miles out in the ocean plastered
against the continent, mixed in with granitic Salinian sediments from
the southern Sierra Nevada mountains near Los Angeles carried north by
the inexorable San Andreas right-slip fault movement.
Your medium pizza, which is darn good, costs, what? Maybe $15 right?
Ours, out here, which stinks compared to yours, often costs over $30
for the same thing.
I have never figured this out yet. You never pay what *you* think it's
worth; you pay what everyone *else* thinks it's worth.
Pete C. wrote, on Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:55:52 -0500:
That's exactly how mine works.
If the well has water, it pumps forever, until the water tanks indicate
they are full (which would take 3 or 4 days to fill at 5 gallons a minute).
If the well can't produce the water, it runs until it runs dry, and then
it shuts off for a settable prescribed time (usually 20 to 30 minutes).
In another recent thread, I shut off my wells for a few hours, and then
turned them on individually. The "bad" well went dry in a minute while
the good well went for about 20 minutes, at a bit more than 5 gallons
per minute at the start and a bit less than 4 gallons per minute by
the time it shut off with a precipitous drop in flow.
I only ran a couple of tests though, so, that's all the data I have.
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