Have you ever had the need to see if there is water in a well? Or maybe to find out how deep your well is or what the static water level might be? Well, we recently purchased an 8 acre parcel that will be our future homestead in a year. It has a well on it that was drilled 5 years ago but never used. So this past weekend, we held our breath as we tested it out to see if this was indeed going to be a good water source for our future homestead. Here is how we did it!
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So, as I said in my last post, we have a well on our property that is about 5 years old, but we don’t know if there was actually water in it! It has basically sat there all this time without anyone accessing it.
So, yesterday we drove up there and tested it out. What we wanted to find out was first, is there water in the well? A well can go dry as more are put in, or during the summer months. We also wanted to know how much water was in there, how far from the ground surface the water was (static water level), and to verify the total well depth. This is information we need for planning and designing our future water system for our farm and house.
The supplies we used were a string, a float, a nut and some metal cutting saws along with a well cap.
Once we got there, we had to get the welded cap off of the well, my husband used a saw and chisel and then bent the cap back so we could access the well.
After he did this, we got a look down there! I was able to take a pic and it was clear that there was water!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Halleluja! Notice the water however, is not clear! That’s okay though, it has been sitting for a few years. =)
- The next thing we did was attach the float to the string and lower it down into the water. We were trying to see what the static water level was.
- We lowered the string and float down until we could hear it hit the water, it did not actually float as it was supposed to, but we could still tell once it got to the water line.
- Then we tied a knot in the string at the top of the well to mark it, and then pulled up the string.
- We had our son hold one end of the string while we stretched it out and used a tape measure to see what the distance was from the float to the marked knot in the string which gave us the total length from the top of the well to the water level.
- We then subtracted the distance from the ground to the top of the well to get the static water level from the ground.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that the water level was merely 15 feet from the top of the ground! That means that if the well was 160 feet deep as the well log states, we had water for 145 feet of that! IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER! That is great news! That is around 220 gallons!
Now, we wanted to test the depth of the well itself just to be sure, so we tied a nut to the end of the string and dropped it down the well once again.
- Once we felt the nut hit bottom, we tied another knot in the string at the top of the well to mark it again, and then pulled up the string. This was quite the job as we had over a hundred feet of string in the well!
- We then laid the string out along the road, and then used a rolling tape measure to see how long it was. The total well depth was 160 feet (we subtracted the pipe sticking out of the ground like before), just like the well log said!
So, now what? Next we will get a sumbersible pump and get some fresh water and have it tested!
We are that much closer to achieving our dream!