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Shallow Well?
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Estelle    Posted 08-23-2003 at 04:31:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi:

Could someone please tell me what a shallow well is? How long does it last? What is the cost approximately of replacing it? Can you run out of water if you have a shallow well?

We are in the process of buying of a house, and a lot of the properties state "shallow well", but we don't know nothing about it.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
Estelle



Lazy Al    Posted 08-23-2003 at 14:51:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I call a shallow well is one that you could
use a pitcher pump on . Where the static water is like 22 foot from the top . They can last a long time or not just depends on the water table but a deep well can go dry too . You are more likely to get surface water contaminates in it I would think . We had shallow wells for years . but our code says min of 50 foot now and you can't get any one to put down a 2" or an 1 1/2" well now
Al


Salmoneye    Posted 08-23-2003 at 05:16:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
'Shallow Well' usually refers to a well less than 50 (usually way less) foot deep, often hand dug and set with cement 'tiles', corrugated steel cylinders or stones, masonry etc....

Shallow wells are usually dug, whereas 'deep' wells are usually pounded or drilled...

You can run out of water in a shallow well depending upon the area, year, source of the water in the well...But then, deep wells can run dry too...

Best to ask when looking at a property what the water source is in a shallow well...If it is spring-fed, then you are less likely to be affected by dry spells...If the water is ground-filtered runoff, then you are at the mercy of the rains...

We have a 30 foot deep spring-fed hand-dug stone-lined shallow well here that has never been more than 15 feet down in the 20 years I have been here...I also have a 620 foot drilled well that silted in the feeder rills a while back that I had to have hydrofractured bottom to top to reopen...

Have the water tested in any well on a piece of property that you are considering buying long before any money changes hands...If the owner will not let you test the water...Run...



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