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Old dug well????
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Duke    Posted 06-11-2003 at 10:18:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What info do you all have about an old dug well? I found one on my proprty and would like to clean it up and use it. It's been open to environmental debris,for years. Old sticks, dead animals, possible run off from farm feilds. Can I pump it empty then dig through the bottom layers and rejuvenate it? lot's of clorox? I'm not likely to drink from it. I'm sick of buying my water from a house down the road. All info is apreciated.

Sid    Posted 06-12-2003 at 05:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a hand dug well thirty foot deep and could pump it dry with a hand pump . It had twenty seven feet of pipe. I put a gas pump on twenty seven feet of two inch pipe without a check valve on the ottom and pump the well dry in just a few minutes. The next day it took about thirty minutes to pump it dry and after four days of doing this I ran the pump for about an hour without pumping it dry. This was after letting it sit for twenty four hours between pumping. I really stirred up the water but it cleared up after awhile. We do not use it for the house but it sure is a cool refreshing drink that saves a walk to the house on a hot day.

Salmoneye    Posted 06-12-2003 at 09:48:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

I used to fill a 1000 gallons cistern from our 30 foot hand dug well with a sump-pump and a garden hose...Could never pump that sucker dry...

Duke    Posted 06-12-2003 at 00:40:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You guy's are great. Yes it is hand dug. It is full of water to about five feet from the top. I would not attept to enter it. I want to pump it out and see how fast it refills. I can see a clump of hair. coon,woodchuck,neighbors wife? I need to do some kind of scoop/skim of the water before pumping. We have an 8HP trash pump. If this thing is more than 30 feet down,I'm hopeful I can use it. if not I will likely fill it in.
Thanks all, I'll let you know how it turns out.

redtractorman    Posted 06-12-2003 at 11:11:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you have water within 5 feet of the top of well,why not drive a point and have a filtered well and not worry so much about run off and contamination.You can set up a tripod with rope and a weight to drive a well fairly easiely.

Scott    Posted 06-11-2003 at 17:22:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
All hand dugs/shallow wells are subject to runoff water,spring fed or not spring fed,and methane gas is a danger,if you could hire a vacuum truck to come out and vacuum the well out and shock it with clorox it would be good for bathing/comodes/basic watering needs. If you needed drinking water go to Sears and tell them you want a Kenmore counter top water distiller,it will purify(through distillation) the water a gallon at a time in a little over 4 hours. You will have the cleanest most pure drinking water you could possibly have,as long as you have 110 electric and a creek nearby with a Kenmore water DISTILLER you could have pure/clean drinking water.

Dave Smith, CAUTION    Posted 06-11-2003 at 13:41:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In 1977 a local in Western NY hired a teen aged kid to clean his hand dug well.
The Kid became overcome and the firemen were called.
The first firemen there ( My womans first husband) went down after the kid.
He was overcome and dropped. A second firemen went down, He dropped. Then a third and a fourth.
A fight broke out. Thier buddys were dying and some wanted to do something about it NOW. Others said wait till air packs arrived.
Three firemen were killed. The kid and one firemen survived only because the others fell on top of them pushing them under the water. They almost drowned and got pneumonia.
Know what you are getting into before you do it.

Salmoneye    Posted 06-11-2003 at 12:42:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Water quality from a hand-dug well varies according to the water source...

Some wells will be run-off and surface water while some are dug into a 'spring' which is water that comes up from deep aquifers between layers of rock...

We have a 30 foot stone lined well here that is dug into a rill that comes from deep...Water is cold and actually flows from bottom to top...At our Deer Camp we have a 'well' that is basically a sump for surface water that runs down hill from beaver ponds uphill of us...It filters through dirt only...

I have no qualms about drinking from a spring-fed shallow well, but a run-off well gives me pause...

A shallow well can be cleaned without ever stepping foot in it...You can get a water truck with high pressure pump to run a line to the silt layer and inject air and water at the bottom...The well will flow over and run out most of the silt and debris...Then pump most of the remaining water out...You then 'shock' the well with chlorine and let it sit for a week...Then have the water tested...

If you do not intend to drink or use the water for cooking, then there is no need to even have the water tested...

All In My Humble Opinion and from my experiences...

Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear...

Red Dave    Posted 06-11-2003 at 11:23:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you are talking about a hand-dug well, we have a lot of them in this area. Many are still in use, but it is a risk if you want to drink the water from one because they tend to get a lot of surface water in them since they are not as deep as a modern drilled well. To try to clean one out would be dangerous unless you have a way to shore up the walls of it to prevent a cave in while you are down in the thing.
We had 5 of them on the farm when I was a kid, but we used the drilled well for all our water.
I'd suggest filling it in so nobody falls in the thing and drill a well for water, but that's just my opinion, others may differ.

Annie in KY    Posted 06-11-2003 at 10:36:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm new to the well thing myself but, after my recent experience with having a possiblity of thinking mine had caved in at the bottom I was wondering if any well drillers use those indescopic cameras at the end of a long line to see what's down there and then have the water quality tested at the health dept. to check quality.

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