Tuesday, January 28, 2020

How To Dig A Well | Green Water Technologies

Green Water Technologies
Whether you are moving into an area without access to public water, plan to go off the grid, or simply need supplemental water for your agricultural operation, you might need to dig a well. According to Green Water Technologies, about 15% of all people in the United States still rely on well water. Here, the Texas-based company presents basic information on the process.

According to Green Water Technologies, your first goal is to determine where, exactly, you will build your well. For this, you may need to consult with your local geological survey office. This is to ensure that there is water where you want to dig and also to make sure that you avoid things like underground utilities and septic tanks. If you are digging near a septic tank, make sure to stay at least 100 feet away to reduce cross-contamination.

Once you have identified a location, Green Water Technologies says that your next task is to construct a well screen. This is a series of metal or PVC pipes with small slits cut into them. These will be inserted into the bottom of your well once you hit water. When these are ready, you can use a hand or electric auger to bore into the ground.

Green Water Technologies explains that how far deep you have to dig depends on your local terrain. Some people find water at 25 feet while others must go 100 feet or more. Once the dirt from your auger becomes wet and muddy, you’ve reached a groundwater supply. Next, use a bailer rod to remove visibly dirty water.

Your final pipe should reach to the bottom of your well, and then you can install a hand pump. This will pressurize the water so that you can access it when needed. According to Green Water Technologies, before you begin using your well water, you should have it tested by your local water agency.

Green Water Technologies says this is not a thorough how-to guide, but a quick snapshot into the work needed to supply your own water. The company suggests contracting with a reputable plumber if you are not comfortable doing this on your own.


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