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4 thoughts on “Do It Yourself Water Well

  • August 15, 2007 at 9:41 pm
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    This really interests me. I live in an area where we have to haul water. I’ve rigged up a rain-water collection system–which is not quite done to my satisfaction yet.

    The story universally repeated around here is that people who have tried punching a well have never met with any success. Maybe it’s because the soil is rock-hard, but I suspect this is the rural version of an “urban legend.” To my knowledge, no actual person has ever tried to punch a well. These failures are always attributed to someone who used to live around here 20 years ago.

    But I do indeed see some tall and healthy hickories and oaks in abundance here.

    If it was me, I’d use Pipe Dope instead of Teflon tape for the couplings.

  • August 16, 2007 at 8:49 am
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    This web site is one of the main sources of reference material I used for my 35ft driven well. It has been working great for the 1 1/2 years that I have had the hand pump on it. I am experimenting with ways to make replacement parts from scratch instead of buying it. NorthernTool.com made my project much easier with an already made well point and foot valve. The order number for the well point is Model#WPF3680 and is under $60.00. I dug the first 10 feet with a 5hp earth auger and drove the rest. I attach a bicycle pump to the sealed pipe to make some positive pressure about every two months to correct sand problems. This is an unfortunate drawback to some driven wells but is easily correctable. This system provides all the drinking water my family will need and water for my very large garden. I drink the water on a daily basis and have had it tested to insure safety. This will be necessary for us because in our part of New Mexico, rain water collection is a joke. Yes I do have mechanical experience but had no idea about how to construct a well until I started doing the research on the process. If I can do it, you can find a way to as well unless you live close to a fresh water source or have solid rock below you. Hard soil or large rocks will break even the best made drive points.

  • August 16, 2007 at 9:59 am
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    I unfortunately have 200 feet of Georgia red clay, mixed sand, and hunks of sedimentary rock to contend with. Still, a very good article, thanks for the link.

  • August 16, 2007 at 10:32 am
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    Well, this technique would get me down to about 2 inches (of the 1000 ft to reach water).

    OTOH, my 400 sq ft of roof surface could provide 10 times my current water use (under prevailing precip regime) for the same capital investment and effort (not includng cistern).

    For those that have shallow ground water, go for it. Those who do not must rely on merciful sky gods (as oppossed to the vengeful versions).

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