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Well yeilds
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Ken Woods    Posted 04-30-2001 at 12:29:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How does one determine if you've got a good well?
Not a SAFE well, but a well that yeilds enough water?

Is 1GPM good enough?

chief613    Posted 05-01-2001 at 17:39:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
depends how deep ur well is and the water table, if u have aq 300' well with 1 gal to the minute and the level comes up 100' that alot of water, if ya left the hose runni u might drain it, but everyday household use would be okay. i got lucky and have 25gpm, seeins a pump only does 5-10 gpm i feel pretty safe

wildflower    Posted 05-01-2001 at 07:14:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our well is 1-2 gallons per minute.Typical for our location on cliffs. This is enough for our use with a large capacity pressure tank.

We have low flow toilets and a shower only,no tub.We practice conservation of water.Winger washer for laundry OK. Have a water saving dishwasher that uses only 4 gal.-less than hand washing(yes,I measured!) Made it fine thru the drought as well.

We have ponds for livestock so are not watering animals off of it.

However we had to go 267' to hit only this much.We were hoping to find the artesian well that had been hit in the 50's but, alas, turns out they had not capped it,and it had run itself out.

On hindsight,I would have gone with a cistern and filtered the H2O.Most do,here.Hope that helps.

F14    Posted 05-01-2001 at 03:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
What Bluebird said. Here in Maine, 5 GPM is considered minimum.

Bluebird    Posted 04-30-2001 at 12:39:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is pretty common here in our mountains to get only a gallon to a gallon & a half per minute. It is not adequate enough for people here. If that is all that is available, you need a storage tank, usually gravity fed here, to provide enough water for domestic purposes. We try to get one with a better gpm if at all possible. One fellow drilled several gallon per minute ones and tied them together! I doused our property and found the strongest flow before we drilled and ours is about 15 gallons per minute. It takes quite a while to pump that down. You can check on yours by turning it on full and time it to see how long it takes to pump it down. By doing that, you can tell if it is going to be enough for your use. Hope this helps.

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