Private water wells provide a litany of benefits. However, planning for a private well on your property is a time consuming and potentially stressful. Last week we began exploring the first steps to help you prepare your property and plan for a well. This week, we explore more factors that influence how homeowners plan for a well. Read on to learn some more of the essential things for homeowners to take into consideration to plan for a well for their home.
The Uses For The Well Water
The context that the water is used in greatly impacts the planning for it.
- Human consumption: drinking, cooking, and other activities when water is entering the system, such as brushing your teeth.
- Daily use: Toilets, sinks, laundry, dishwasher, and more. Anything and everything that is considered household plumbing falls under this category.
- Outdoor use: Irrigation systems, outdoor water features, outdoor water toys, animal watering, car washing, and swimming pools.
Determine The Amount Of Water Needed
The amount of water that a household needs varies widely from day to day and even hour to hour. When everybody is home, there is a more intense strain on the water well. For example, the laundry machine is washing clothes for the next day, while the child showers and one of the parents is cooking in the kitchen.
Work with a well expert to determine the maximum amount of water usage your household will have. There are a few different components to that calculation. First and foremost, the size of the household makes a difference. Five people use much more water than two people. Additionally, the actual fixtures in the home make a difference as well. For example, low-flow fixtures consume less water than typical fixtures.
How Much Water Does The Well Supply
Finally, homeowners and contractors work together to determine the ideal digging spot to meet the maximum flow possible. There are three main factors to take into account when finding a spot to dig at.
First, consider the flow rate of the well. The flow rate is how much water flows through the well continuously. A common error is to assume the well can match maximum flow needs, when the reality is that it can meet it but not sustain that rate of flow.
Additionally, the size of the well plays a part as well. Both the diameter and the depth of the well determine the speed and amount of water flowing through the well.
Finally, the static level plays a huge part in determining if a well is successful or not. It also helps homeowners and contractors decide what type of well works best at a given property. Static level is the height at which the water source rests when no water is pumped from it.