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If you live in a rural area, then drilling a well to provide fresh drinking water may be your only option. Many homeowners also choose well water to save money on municipal water or for personal preference. Whatever the case, getting the most out of your new well requires some careful planning and a solid understanding of well water fundamentals.
Before you begin drilling, you will need to consider three critical factors: hole depth and diameter, pressure tank size, and pump flow rate capacity. Knowing how these three characteristics of your well interact with one another is essential to getting the job done right.
1. Well Depth And Diameter
Your first consideration when drilling is the size of your well. Most residential wells use a minimum diameter of 5 inches. The width of your well will determine the yield in gallons per foot of depth, which in turn influences the overall yield of the well.
Depth is far more crucial than diameter when it comes to well size, however. Your well must be deep enough to comfortably reach the water table and accommodate seasonal fluctuations in water depth. Determining the proper depth for a well typically requires exploratory drilling and a good knowledge of the local area.
2. Pump Flow Rate Capacity
If you're installing a drilled well, then it's likely that your well depth will be over a thousand feet. For wells this deep, you will need to install either a submersible pump or a deep well jet pump. If your well extends to 100 feet or more, then submersible pumps are typically the only option. When sizing your pump, the crucial stat to consider is the flow rate.
For residential well pumps, expect to see flow rates of at least 5 gallons per minute, with some options offering higher flow rates or more pressure. To determine your requirements, look up the typical water usage for appliances and fixtures in your home. Consider your highest momentary (or peak) usage when determining the flow rate that you will require.
3. Pressure Tank Size
Finally, you'll need to choose a pressure tank of an appropriate size. Your pressure tank provides some necessary relief for your pump by providing a store of on-demand water. As with your sizing your pump, you will need to consider your desire pressure and peak water usage. Choosing a pressure tank that's too small can place unnecessary stress on your pump and result in premature failure.
When setting up any new water well, it is essential to always consult with experts. Drilling a well efficiently to the proper depth requires care and experience that many do-it-yourselfers may be lacking. Contact a company like Bohs Well Drilling Inc for more information.Share
15 April 2020