I have a well pump about five years old, the well is about 200 feet or
so down (It's a submersible pump). Today I found the filter cannister
full of dirt. I ran the water and emptied the cannister about five
times and the water cleared. Two hours later, there was dirt again.
Same process, the water cleared...then awhile later, dirt again. I now
have the water turned off, but does this sound like something I just
have to repeat and it'll clear, or else is it likely a real problem
with my pump? Thanks!
Sounds like the well has either collapsed or is constantly feeding
sediment in. My well is around 10 years old and still produces a small
amount of very, very fine sediment. It produced a _lot_ of it when
first put in service.
Ours has been like that on and off ever since they started drilling gas
wells in our area, or perhaps it is the drought. I have added a sand
filter (centrifugal) and 2 whole house filters, and the end product at
the tap is very acceptable. I only get about 1 1/2 - 2 months on a
filter cartridge, in spite of kicking out the worst of it with the sand