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Well Flow
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Pitch    Posted 04-10-2002 at 04:31:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just had a well drilled and it is flowing at 6gpm after 3 days. Driller says that is good. sounds a little puny to me. I figured that I would need 10 to12, is six gonna be okay for a family of five and a big garden?

tomatolord    Posted 04-11-2002 at 19:32:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 4 gpm and 2 youngs boys and we dont have a problem.

a couple of things though...

get a front loading washer it uses 12 gallons per load versus 60 for a top loader

mulch the garden like crazy to keep watering down

also I thought the test was supposed to be after 24 hours not 72.

I would try it after trying to simulate a normal day at the house.

I do water the plants and garden but maybe only a total of 1/4 acre all together.

i never water the grass

Nathan(GA)    Posted 04-10-2002 at 18:40:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds puny to me too. Depends on the location too. Most all drilled wells here are 4" and about 60ft.

Is 6gpm all the well can do or all the pump will do?

Mark was talking about that being alot of water in a day. But you don't want your pump running all the time.

Better not water the garden, wash clothes and take a shower at the same time!

Mudcat49    Posted 04-10-2002 at 14:10:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounds a little puny to me! But of course I an 1/2 mile from the second biggest freshwater lake in the USA!

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-10-2002 at 06:38:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
A well with 1 gpm will give you 1,200 gals per day and thats enought for a home to use, At 6 gpm you have 7,200 gals a day and that is enought for a good garden, lawn and home use. You need a storage tank of at least 2,000 gals another pump for the tank and you will have just about all you need for use. 7,200 gals a day is a lot of water too. Mark H.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-10-2002 at 08:14:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My post below assumed that Pitch doesn't have any above ground storage.
That would entail a big cistern and a second pump, or gravity feed from the cistern, which is the only way I would use this size well on a farm...

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-10-2002 at 21:31:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your right about not wanting to do a farm with it. Concidering a garden hose running at say 6 gals a min. would run a 1,000 tank dry in about 3 hours. That would do your good size lawn 1-day during the summer. Add all the stuff you can do in the house and it goes fast. Mark H.

Pitch    Posted 04-10-2002 at 04:32:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has 6 inch casing and 70' deep

Salmoneye..Well...I tell Ya...    Posted 04-10-2002 at 05:16:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
6 inch case holds 1.5 gallons/foot for storage so it depends on your static level.
Around here anything over 5 gallons/minute is good but wells usually are deeper here and have a static level of 100 feet. So with 100 feet of storgae you have 150 gallons in the well before the water even really starts pouring in.

I have only 1/2 gallon/minute, but my well is 620, and my static level is at 180 feet down. The pump is at 600 feet of water in the well. 420x1.5=630 gallons of water in the well.

IMHO 70 foot well at 5 gallons is OK for a house, but I would not want to chance it on a farm with livestock...I would have gone another 100 feet just for the storage...

Mark W.    Posted 04-12-2002 at 20:54:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I get by on 1/2 gal/min. We don't have animals, and we rarely water the garden. The well went dry twice in the early years, so I put a 350 gal tank in the cellar with a second pump. We haven't had a problem, since. six gal/min sounds good to me!

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