FACTS ABOUT YOUR WATER WELL

Yakima County Your Water Well has an estimated life expectancy at more than 20 years. However, over time, the yield of a well can decline.

Your water well utilizes groundwater that exists in the spaces, cracks and fractures in the underground soil and rock formations. This natural occurrence is called an aquifer, and is the part of the soil and rock that yields water which allow water to be available depending on the soil and rock below the surface.

Some rock formations such as limestone can give large quantities of groundwater, while others like shale can yield only a small amount of water .The groundwater table is the top of the water-saturated zone. The water table level is maintained by rainwater that seeps into the ground. As it soaks into the ground, the water flows toward a discharge point – typically a nearby spring or stream.

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Your Well Operates by a pump being inserted inside a drilled hole to allow water to be forced up and into a house through a pipe. The pump will suck air if there is no groundwater accessible to enter the pump. When your tap is turned on, no water comes out. In most cases, this is caused by the underground water table dropping below the level of the well pump.

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murky water

Your well running out of water can be difficult to determine. Some hints are that your tap water is muddy or murky in appearance or other changes inwater pressure can indicate that the well water level is getting low. Air that gets in the line may cause your facets to cough and sputter as air comes through the line instead of water.

After making sure that your well is out of water, you have several options before drilling a new well.

  • Can the well’s pump be lowered? It is possible to have the pump lowered deeper into the borehole if the water table is determined to be sufficient.
  • Is it  possible that the well could be deepened without drilling a new well. Yes! However, in most situations, it is as expensive to deepen an old well, as it is to drill a new well.

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One thought on “Is My Water Well Dry?”

  1. Thanks, this was very informative. Since there’s been less water than usual in my area for a few years, people keep telling me that we need to be careful with our water or the wells will begin to dry up. So I’ve tried to be careful, but I realized that I don’t even know what the warning signs are. But your article was great in helping me know. It’ll be easy to look for murky water, but can’t brownish water be a sign of other problems, like rust in the pipes?

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