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WATER TANK: USES, TROUBLESHOOTING
WATER TESTS, CONTAMINANTS, TREATMENT
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WELLS CISTERNS & SPRINGS
WELL CHLORINATION & DISINFECTION
WELL FLOW RATE
WELL WATER PRESSURE DIAGNOSIS
WELL YIELD IMPROVEMENT
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
This article describes factors affecting the Life Expectancy of Drinking Water Wells & Water Tanks. When will the well run out of water?
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Watch out: Before assuming that a water problem is due to the water pump or the water well itself., see WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE a specific case which offers an example of diagnosis of loss of water pressure, loss of water, and analyzes the actual repair cost.
If you know that your well is performing poorly with a poor flow rate or poor well recovery rate, see WELL YIELD IMPROVEMENT, and
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How Long Should a Water Well Last?
The life expectancy of drinking water or irrigation wells is quite variable and depends on a number of factors which we describe here. We welcome suggestions or reports of personal experience with the life of wells, pumps, and water tanks. Sketch courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.
Here are some factors that affect the life of a well - by which we mean the continued ability of a well to yield water to its users.
First let's make clear that we're talking about the well itself, the hole in the ground and its ability to give an adequate quantity and flow rate of drinking water, not the equipment used to get water out of the ground, such as the water piping, water pump, pump controls, water tank or valves.
The issue of water potability - can it be used for drinking - is separate from the ability of the well to deliver water at all, but beware: a well with a good flow rate and good potability can change in both of those factors. See WATER TESTING for a discussion of contaminants that occur in drinking water, how to test for them and how to remove them.
In sum, there is no simple short reliable answer to how long a water well will continue to give good quality and acceptable quantity of water, but our experience is that driven point wells have minimum flow and shortest life in many areas as the well point clogs, and driven point or drilled wells into bedrock in areas of very high mineral content water may begin to show clogging and reduced water flow in as little as a decade.
Ask about local water conditions: Ask your neighbors, local water testing laboratories, local well drillers, and plumbers what they've experienced with well drilling success in your immediate neighborhood. At what depths is an adequate water flow rate usually found? What contaminants have been found in wells in the area for which you should be particularly alert? How are local wells affected by seasonal or longer term changes in the water table?
Other well piping components that are not part of the well pump itself, but that affect pump life, such as
Life expectancy of Well Casings, Well Piping, Foot Valves, Water Pump Wiring, Well Plumbing Connections
Continue reading at WELL YIELD IMPROVEMENT.
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