Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Well and Pump: $4,000 ///// Running Water: Priceless!

The water flows again! Technically, our water never really stopped flowing. Even while they were installing the new well, we were connected to our old one. The problem--as you know--is that our old well put out about 2gpm (gallons per minute) of water. What that mean for us is that if we were taking a shower and someone happened to run the sink at the exact same time, we'd run out of water. Meaning that I had to run down to the basement and reset the well pump switch.

The 'Well Doctor' finished up the well installation yesterday, but we were still unable to use it because of a clorinization step. Basically, they filled the well and our plumbing with cholrine and left it to sit for 24 hours.

Around 1pm today, I started running the water through the outside garden hose. We left it running for about an hour and a half. Our instructions were to run it until we didn't smell chlorine anymore. After that, it was time to open up the faucets inside and flush out the chorinated water. Step 3: Turn the water softener back on. Last step: Take a shower! This last step was not in the instrucitons, but I had to work at WDIV today.

Our water pressure is great. I'm guessing that in the house, we get about 8-10 gpm instead of the 2-3 we were used to. Watching the well pressure downstairs, it seems to work like clockwork. The well is rated for 50+ gallons of water per minute. Not too shabby.

So, the bottom line is this: We're not thirlled to spend $4,120 for a new well setup. But, we are enjoying the new found pressure! And it might just be me, but the water seems to be more pure, too!

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