Water Wars

Well, the well is done. It was not an easy event but indeed had a happy ending of 30-40 gallons a minute flowing from an aquifer 470 below the surface.

The old well was 290 feet. The intent was to deepen it as needed, which would have been the most economical way.  Alas, unbeknownst to us the well had already been deepened once before and without getting into needless detail, one cannot normally deepen a well twice. So after getting the drill rig properly situated and drilling down 130 feet in the old well, it became obvious that deepening was a lost cause.

The rig moved over ten feet, county inspectors came back out, state inspectors got the appropriate paperwork regarding abandoning the old well and a whole new well was dug…. and dug, and dug.  At 420 feet a very good flow was encountered. Standard practice is do go down deeper to make sure you are “in the zone” and so it was deepened another 50 feet, cased, surged, sanitary sealed around the casing ( concrete poured around the  outside of the casing to a depth of 100 ft.)  county inspected yet again, equipment taken out, the drill rig extracted after being stuck in the heavily saturated soil. ( took 3 hours to get it out ),  a new pump placed in the well at 300 feet, plumbing and electrical reconnected and just like that……WATER! In no way an easy task and an incredibly expensive undertaking. Once all the labor and material was added together, it cost $70.00 a foot to drill.  Rest assured Every drop will be enjoyed and appreciated.  30- 40 gallons per minute is  a very good flow of water and enough to create a small pond for local wildlife to benefit from.  Tis an honorable thing  to share  aquatic wealth.

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Up goes the drill tower.

Up goes the drill tower.

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Drill away.

Down goes the drill bit.

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Not exactly a briefcase type job.

Not exactly a briefcase type job.

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 Drillspeak for letting it flow till the muck is out of the pipe. Quite a difference from the 3 gallons a minute the old well was yielding.

“Surging” the well.  That is drill speak for letting it flow till mud and muck are out of the freshly drilled well.  Quite a difference from the 3 gallons a minute the old well was yielding.

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All the equipment gone.  Susan inaugurates the new well.  Looks like a bomb site but it will get cleaned up and contoured by our neighbor with his backhoe.

With all the equipment gone, Susan inaugurates the new well. Looks like a bomb site but it will get cleaned up and contoured by her  neighbor with his backhoe.

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Watering with impunity.  Ten days without water and the yard was stressed.  Susan had been hand watering with water stored prior to shutting down the old well. Enough to keep everything alive.

Watering with impunity. Ten days without H2O and the yard was stressed. Susan had been hand watering with water stored prior to shutting down the old well. Enough to keep everything alive.

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Meanwhile, next door in a neighbors chicken coop, a bull snake gets a drink of water once the chickens have gone to roost.  A welcome barnyard citizen, the bull snake loves to eat mice, which are abundant around the chickens and the feed they consume.

Meanwhile, next door in a neighbors chicken coop, a bull snake gets a drink of water once the chickens have gone to roost. A welcome barnyard citizen, the bull snake loves to eat mice, which are too abundant around the chickens and the feed they consume.  The bull snake is not aggressive to humans at all.

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Remember to hydrate. Thanks for stopping by.

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