08:39AM | 09/25/05
Member Since: 03/16/04
6 lifetime posts
Hi, We've being living in our newly built home for approximately 7 months. During this time, we have experienced, on numerous occasions, dirt in our water. We had a plumber look at the problem and his solution was to shorten the well pump thinking that the well was pumping off the bottom. Note - the well is only 80 feet and does pump 30 gpm according to the well driller. I was watering my lawn just the other day for only an hour when I lost water pressure. This is the second time this has happened. I got the pressure back eventually but now we have dirt in our water again. Any help that can be provide would be greatly appreciated.

Gary Slusser

09:06AM | 09/29/05
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
You need to start water conservation. You are pulling the water level down to the pump's inlet allowing it to suck air. That's not good for the pump or the well. That's where the dirt is coming from. And next time, call a pump guy or well driller, many plumbers do not know wells or pumps. Now you have less usable water in the well since the pump has been raised. Which makes water conservation more important. Spread water use out over longer periods of time and don't use so much.

That 30 gpm, that's the recovery rate of the well. The pumping rate is how many gpm the pump and plumbing delivers from the well.


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